Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

Swallow the delayed-release capsule whole. If you cannot swallow the capsule whole, you may open it and pour the medicine into a tablespoon of applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away without chewing. Do not store the mixed medicine for later use.

If this medicine is given through an oral syringe:

  • Open the capsule and pour the medicine into a clean container with 20 milliliters (mL) of water.
  • Use an oral syringe to draw up the water and granule mixture.
  • Swirl the syringe gently to keep the granules from settling.
  • Give the mixture directly into the mouth right away. Do not store the mixed medicine for later use.
  • To rinse any leftover medicine in the syringe, refill the syringe with 10 mL of water, swirl gently and swallow the water. Repeat with an additional 10 mL of water.

If this medicine is given through a feeding tube:

  • Open the capsule and pour the medicine into a clean container with 20 mL of water.
  • Get the mixed medicine into a catheter-tip syringe.
  • Swirl the syringe gently to keep the granules from settling, and inject the medicine into the NG tube right away.
  • Refill the syringe with the 10 mL of water. Swirl it gently, and inject it into the tube to rinse any leftover medicine through the tube. Repeat with an additional 10 mL of water.

Use only the brand of this medicine that your doctor prescribed. Different brands may not work the same way.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (delayed-release capsules):
    • For erosive esophagitis (EE):
      • Adults—60 milligrams (mg) once a day for up to 8 weeks. To prevent erosive esophagitis from coming back and for relief of heartburn, your doctor may want you to take 30 mg once a day for up to 6 months.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD):
      • Adults—30 milligrams (mg) once a day for 4 weeks.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.