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Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules

Last reviewed on RxList: 11/21/2016
Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Dexilant

Generic Name: dexlansoprazole (Pronunciation: DEX lan SOE pra zol)

What is dexlansoprazole (Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules)?

Dexlansoprazole is in a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. Dexlansoprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Dexlansoprazole is used to treat heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and to heal erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid).

Dexlansoprazole may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of dexlansoprazole (Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • severe stomach pain;
  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
  • worsening heartburn; or
  • low magnesium (dizziness, confusion, fast or uneven heart rate, jerking muscle movements, jittery feeling, muscle cramps, muscle weakness or limp feeling, cough or choking feeling, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gas;
  • mild diarrhea; or
  • stuffy nose, sneezing, or other cold symptoms.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules (dexlansoprazole delayed release capsules) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about dexlansoprazole (Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules)?

Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.

You should not take dexlansoprazole if you are allergic to it.

Before you take dexlansoprazole, tell your doctor if you have liver disease or low levels of magnesium in your blood.

Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the condition is fully treated.

When treating heartburn, dexlansoprazole is usually given for 4 weeks. To best heal erosive esophagitis, you may need to take dexlansoprazole for several months. Follow your doctor's instructions.

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Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dexlansoprazole (Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules)?

Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.

You should not take dexlansoprazole if you are allergic to it.

To make sure you can safely take dexlansoprazole, tell your doctor if you have liver disease or low levels of magnesium in your blood.

Taking a proton pump inhibitor such as dexlansoprazole may increase your risk of bone fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine. This effect has occurred mostly in people who have taken the medication long term or at high doses, and in those who are age 50 and older. It is not clear whether dexlansoprazole is the actual cause of an increased risk of fracture. Before you take this medication, tell your doctor if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone mineral density).

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether dexlansoprazole passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take dexlansoprazole (Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

Dexlansoprazole may be taken with or without food.

Do not crush, break, or open a delayed-release capsule. Swallow it whole. Breaking or opening the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

If you are unable to swallow a delayed-release capsule whole: Open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow this mixture right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule.

When treating heartburn, dexlansoprazole is usually given for 4 weeks. To best heal erosive esophagitis, you may need to take dexlansoprazole for several months. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the condition is fully treated.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse while you are taking this medicine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose (Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules)?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking dexlansoprazole (Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules)?

This medication can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking dexlansoprazole and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

What other drugs will affect dexlansoprazole (Kapidex Delayed Release Capsules)?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • ampicillin (Principen, Unasyn);
  • atazanavir (Reyataz);
  • digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
  • iron (Feosol, Mol-Iron, Fergon, Femiron, others);
  • ketoconazole (Nizoral);
  • methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
  • tacrolimus (Prograf);
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven); or
  • a diuretic (water pill).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with dexlansoprazole. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about dexlansoprazole.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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