FDA Approves Generic Dexilant for Heartburn

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Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Heartburn, also known as acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a digestive disease in which stomach acid of bile irritates the food pipe lining.

These days, many heartburn medications are conveniently available over-the-counter. However, some of these medications still require a prescription from your doctor. Common treatments include medications like Nexium (esomeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole) and Dexilant—which now has a generic.

On May 16th, 2017, the FDA approved the generic for Dexilant, dexlansoprazole, which can help you save at the pharmacy!

What is Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) indicated for?

Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) capsules are indicated for healing and maintenance of erosive esophagitis, heartburn relief, and treatment of symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Dexlansoprazole will be available as a capsule in a strength of 60 mg. Brand name Dexilant is also available as a 30 mg capsule, but it has not been approved in a generic form yet.

Dexlansoprazole is unique in that it delivers 2 releases of medicine in one capsule. The first release occurs within an hour of taking dexlansoprazole and the second occurs 4 – 5 hours later.

What are the most common side effects of Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)?

The most common side effects associated with dexlansoprazole include diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, common cold and gas. Be sure to speak with your doctor if you experience any of these side effects for a prolonged period of time.

Can I continue to use brand name Dexilant?

If you would like to continue taking brand name Dexilant, make sure your doctor hand writes “brand medically necessary” on your prescription. This means the pharmacy is not permitted to substitute and give you the generic product. If your doctor doesn’t indicate this on your prescription, you can also request it from your pharmacist before having your prescription filled.

Keep in mind that because the generic product is now available, your insurance company may not be willing to cover the cost of the more expensive brand medication. Be sure to check your prescription insurance company to find out if it is covered before taking a trip to the pharmacy.

Does Dexilant have any cost saving programs?

Yes! The manufacturer of Dexilant, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, has an instant savings card available for commercially insured patients. Eligible patients can pay no more than $20 for their dexilant capsule prescription and refills.

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