Omeprazole and Lansoprazole belong to a family of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. Either one might be prescribed as an acid reflux treatment.
The stomach naturally produces acid in order to aid food digestion and to kill bacteria.
However as this acid is an irritant, a mucus layer is needed to line the stomach in order to provide protection from damage caused by the acid.
When this layer is broken down, inflammation and ulceration of the stomach may occur and could develop further to more serious conditions if not treated. Patients taking Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen may also experience these symptoms.
Other conditions include Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (acid reflux) whereby acid can escape into the oesophagus leading to heartburn and/or oesophagitis.
Proton pump inhibitor drugs such as omeprazole and lansoprazole are designed to prevent too much acid from being produced by the cells lining the stomach. This will counteract the formation of ulcers, reduce acid reflux and aid the healing procedure.
There have been many debates into the differences between omeprazole and lansoprazole. Both can be used as an effective acid reflux treatment. Although they are from the same family of drugs, there are slight differences that may need to be considered when taking these drugs.
Lansoprazole has been known to be the more effective acid reflux treatment and in some cases, considered faster acting. However antacids such as Gaviscon can reduce the absorption of this medicine from the gastrointestinal tract and may decrease its efficiency. Therefore Lansoprazole should not be taken within an hour of taking antacids.
You should also consult your doctor if you are anaemic or iron deficient when taking Lansoprazole. This is because when there is a reduction in acid in the stomach, the absorption of iron and ferrious sulphate is affected; thus reducing the efficacy of these drugs.
Omeprazole may enhance the anti-clotting effects of the anticoagulant warfarin. You should check your INR levels (blood clotting time) before taking this medication and upon stopping it.
With both medications, it has been suggested by recent studies that the risk of bone fractures is increased when taken on a long term basis. This can be managed by taking enough calcium and vitamin D to reduce this risk.
To find out more about the range of acid reflux treatments that Express Pharmacy offer, please visit our acid reflux treatment page.
If you are still unsure about which acid reflux treatment is suitable for you, please contact our Patient Support team.