Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM 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 or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Swallow the delayed-release tablet whole. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablet. You may take this medicine with or without food. If your doctor tells you to take the medicine in a certain way, follow those instructions.

For children using the delayed-release capsules:

  • Do not swallow the capsule whole.
  • Take the capsule 30 minutes before a meal.
  • Open the capsule and pour the contents on a small amount of soft food (eg, applesauce, fruit or vegetable baby food, yogurt) or in a small amount of liquid (eg, infant formula, apple juice, or pediatric electrolyte solution (Pedialyte®).
  • Take the mixture within 15 minutes. Swallow the mixture without chewing. Do not save it for later use.

If you are taking this medicine to treat an ulcer associated with an infection, take it together with the antibiotics (eg, amoxicillin, clarithromycin) at the same time of day.

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):
    • To treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD):
      • Children 1 to 11 years of age and weighing 15 kilograms (kg) or more—10 milligrams (mg) once a day.
      • Children 1 to 11 years of age and weighing less than 15 kg—5 mg once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children younger than 1 year of age—Use is not recommended.
  • For oral dosage form (delayed-release tablets):
    • To treat duodenal ulcers:
      • Adults—20 milligrams (mg) once a day after the morning meal for up to 4 weeks. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • To treat duodenal ulcers with H. pylori infection:
      • Adults—20 milligrams (mg) taken with a meal 2 times a day for 7 days. The dose is usually taken together with amoxicillin and clarithromycin.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • To treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD):
      • Adults—20 milligrams (mg) once a day for up to 4 weeks. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children 12 years of age and older—20 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks. Your child's doctor may adjust the dose as needed.
      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Use is not recommended.
    • To prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD):
      • Adults—20 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • To treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome:
      • Adults—At first, 60 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed.
      • 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.