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Pronunciation/lænˈsprəzl/ lan-SOH-prə-zohl
Trade namesPrevacid, others
Clinical data
Drug classProton pump inhibitor
  • AU: B3
Routes of
By mouth, IV
Defined daily dose30 mg[1]
External links
License data
Legal status
  • UK: POM (Prescription only)
  • US: OTC / Rx-only
Bioavailability80% or more
Protein binding97%
MetabolismLiver (CYP3A4- and CYP2C19-mediated)
Elimination half-life1.0–1.5 hours
ExcretionKidney and fecal
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass369.363 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
ChiralityRacemic mixture

Lansoprazole, sold under the brand name Prevacid among others, is a medication which reduces stomach acid.[2] It is used to treat peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and Zollinger–Ellison syndrome.[3] Effectiveness is similar to other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).[4] It is taken by mouth.[2] Onset is over a few hours and effects last up to a couple of days.[2]

Common side effects include constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.[2][5] Serious side effects may include osteoporosis, low blood magnesium, Clostridium difficile infection, and pneumonia.[2][5] Use in pregnancy and breastfeeding is of unclear safety.[6] It works by blocking H+/K+-ATPase in the parietal cells of the stomach.[2]

Lansoprazole was patented in 1984 and came into medical use in 1992.[7] It is available as a generic medication.[3] A one-month supply, in the United Kingdom, costs the NHS less than £5, as of 2019.[3] In the United States, the wholesale cost of this amount is about $5.40, as of 2019.[8] In 2017, it was the 188th most commonly prescribed medication in the United States, with more than three million prescriptions.[9][10]

Medical uses

Lansoprazole is used for treatment of:[5]

There is no evidence that it works better than other PPIs.[4]


The defined daily dose is 30 mg by mouth.[1]

Side effects

Side effects of PPIs in general[12] and lansoprazole in particular[13] may include:[5]

PPIs may be associated with a greater risk of hip fractures and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.[5]:22


Lansoprazole interacts with several other drugs, either due to its own nature or as a PPI.[17]

Lansoprazole possibly interacts with, among other drugs:


It is a racemic 1:1 mixture of the enantiomers dexlansoprazole and levolansoprazole.[19] Dexlansoprazole is an enantiomerically pure active ingredient of a commercial drug as a result of the enantiomeric shift. Lansoprazole's plasma elimination half-life (1.5 h) is not proportional to the duration of the drug's effects to the person (i.e. gastric acid suppression).[20]


Lansoprazole was originally synthesized at Takeda and was given the development name AG 1749.[21] Takeda patented it in 1984 and the drug launched in 1991.[22] In the United States, it was approved for medical use in 1995.[23]

Society and culture

Prevacid 30 mg


The lansoprazole molecule is off-patent and so generic drugs are available under many brand names in many countries;[24] there are patents covering some formulations in effect as of 2015.[25] Patent protection expired on 10 November 2009.[26][27]


Since 2009, lansoprazole has been available over the counter (OTC) in the U.S. as Prevacid 24HR[28][29] and as Lansoprazole 24HR.[30] In Australia, it is marketed by Pfizer as Zoton.[citation needed]


In vitro experiments have shown that lansoprazole binds to the pathogenic form of tau protein.[31] As of 2015 laboratory studies were underway on analogs of lansoprazole to explore their use as potential PET imaging agents for diagnosing tauopathies including Alzheimer's disease.[31]


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  22. Chorghade, Mukund S. (2006). Drug Discovery and Development, Volume 1: Drug Discovery. John Wiley & Sons. p. 201. ISBN 9780471780090.
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  27. Teva to release Prevacid version when patent expires
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