Dexilant

(dexlansoprazole)

4.7/ 5 average rating with 73 reviewsforDexilant
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Treats heartburn.

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Our bottom line

Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) is an effective medicine to treat heartburn, but can be expensive since it is only available as a brand.

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    $309.67
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    $196.82
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Quick facts about Dexilant
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Relieves heartburn symptoms better than other stomach medicines (like Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac).
  • Lasts longer than other alternative stomach medicines.
  • Convenient once daily dosing.
  • Treats GERD in children 12 to 17 years of age.
  • Can be swallowed whole, or contents of the pill can be emptied into applesauce for easy swallowing.
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People’s experience with Dexilant

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Downsides

  • Similar to other proton pump inhibitors, Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) can weaken bones when taken for a long period of time.
  • Can take a few days before you start to feel the full effects.
  • Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) can affect how other medicines, vitamins, and minerals get absorbed in your body.
  • There's no generic version available, so it can be expensive.
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How it works

Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It lowers the amount of acid in your stomach, which treats heartburn.

Quick facts about Dexilant
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Delayed-release pill
  • Dissolving tablet
People’s experience with Dexilant

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What to expect when you take Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) for Erosive esophagitis and GERD

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Upper airway infection
  • Vomiting
  • Gas
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Side effect rates for Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)

From 1351 clinical trials of Dexilant when taken for erosive esophagitis and gerd (30 mg)
  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Abdominal pain
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Nausea
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Upper airway infection
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Gas
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Vomiting
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Risks and Warnings for Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)

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  • Heartburn and feelings of upset stomach can be warning signs of more serious stomach problems or cancer. Call your doctor if you have throat pain, chest pain, belly pain, trouble swallowing, or signs of a bleeding ulcer such as black or bloody stools, or vomiting blood. These may be signs of a worse health problem.

Common concerns from people taking Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)

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Price
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Dexilanton 7/22/2016I have to take this every day. It really helps, but the cost is so much. Been trying to see how I can afford it.
    38
    Woman
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Dexilanton 8/16/2016There's a discount card from the manufacturer that if used with insurance brings the price to about $50, which is what I pay.
    35
    Woman
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Not worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Dexilanton 9/1/2016Dexilant worked very well for me however it was cost inhibitive. My Dr. put me on Protonix 40 mg. It took about two weeks to effective. It works almost as well. The difference between $250 a month for Dexilant or $10 a month for Protonix
    70
    Man
    Heartburn
Alcohol
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking the dissolving tablet.
  • Worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Dexilanton 8/30/2016Take before acidic dinner/alcohol. Do not take with other meds in morning. Cancels out antidepressants.
    56
    Woman
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Food
  • Swallow Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) whole. Don't chew, break, or crush. If you can't swallow whole pills, you can sprinkle the contents of the pill in applesauce.
  • Take with or without food. Take the dissolving tablet 30 minutes before a meal.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Dexilanton 1/9/2017You can't take iron supplements with it so make sure you're getting enough with the food you eat.
    24
    Woman
    Heartburn
Kidneys and liver
  • Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) can cause kidney inflammation or kidney swelling. This kidney problem can occur at any time during treatment and is generally caused by an allergic reaction. Signs of kidney problems include inability to pass urine, changes in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or unexpected sudden weight gain.
Pain
  • Not sure
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Dexilanton 1/9/2017The medicine worked almost immediately at eliminating the acid causing blisters in my throat and pain in my stomach. It also helped my digestion. Less gas and healthier stools. After about a week of taking it I am so anxious and nervous. I feel like I drank 10 cups of coffee and every sound and touch is so irritating. I couldn't function I was so on-edge and angry.
    35
    Woman
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease