Posted: 02/17/2016

New Soluble Dexilant for Heartburn

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There is a new soluble form of Dexilant that treats patients with frequent heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The new formulation of this medication, Dexilant SoluTabs, comes in a convenient tablet form that dissolves directly in the patient’s mouth instantly without any liquids, and it subsides painful acid reflux symptoms when taken 30 minutes before meals.

GERD is a condition that is caused by the improper closure of the bottom of esophagus that allows stomach acid to travel back up to the throat and irritate delicate tissues. The symptoms of GERD can cause painful burning in chest after eating, and it can worsen when lying down. Some of the other symptoms of this condition include uncomfortable belching, discomfort in the upper abdomen, dry cough, and a bitter sour taste in the mouth after eating. Patients who have taken over the counter heartburn medications and have changed their diet, but still can’t find heartburn relief related to GERD may benefit from Dexilant SoluTabs.

How Dexilant SoluTabs Work
Dexilant SoluTabs is a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) that works to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. Like the original capsule form, Dexilant SoluTabs are developed with Dual Delayed Release (DDR) technology that combines two medication in two doses in a single tab. DDR allows Dexilant SoluTabs to deliver the first dose of medication within an hour of ingesting, and a second dose 4-5 hours later to prevent proton-pumps in stomach from producing excess stomach acid.

The active ingredient in Dexilant SoluTabs, dexlansoprazole, works by binding and blocking the proton pumps that are responsible for forming stomach acid. Another benefit of dexlansoprazole is that it can heal damage to the esophagus caused by prolonged exposure to excess stomach acid. For best results, Dexilant SoluTabs should be taken 30 minutes before meals.

Prescription Dexilant SoluTabs are safe enough to use on adult patients that experience heartburn related to GERD for a total of 4 weeks, and it can be safely used for a maximum of 6 months to heal stomach acid-related damage to the esophagus and minimize heartburn. Some of the most common adverse effects patients reported while using Dexilant SoluTabs include diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, common cold, vomiting, and gas.

Other Acid Reflux Treatments

Omeprazole Pills
Patients who suffer from frequent heartburn caused by GERD can take similar drugs like omeprazole and lansoprozole that are less expensive than Dexilant SoluTabs. Omeprazole is generic proton-pump inhibitor that works similarly to Dexilant SoluTabs, by reducing the amount of stomach acid. Lansoprozole is another generic treatment option for GERD that inhibits and blocks the formation of excess stomach acid to reduce heartburn. Omeprazole and lansoprozole can be purchased over the counter or by prescription depending on the severity of symptoms and medical history. While treatments like Dexilant SoluTabs, omeprazole, and lansoprozole can help reduce painful frequent heartburn, eliminating foods that are acidic, spicy, or high in fat will help reduce the GERD symptoms after you stop taking acid reflux medications. 

By HelpRx Staff Writer

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