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Last updated on 19/10/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Dexlansoprazole


DRUG CLASS: Gastrointestinal drugs

SUB CLASS: Proton Pump Inhibitors

USED FOR: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

– 30mg, 60mg (delayed-release capsules)

What is Dexilant for?

Dexilant is a brand product that contains Dexlansoprazole, which is a type of acid-reducing drug. It works by blocking proton pumps in the stomach to inhibit the production of stomach acid. It is used to treat an acid reflux condition known as GERD, which may be triggered after meals, especially after eating spicy food or alcohol.

How to use it?

Dexilant is available as delayed-release capsules. For mild GERD, take 30 mg once daily for 4 weeks or longer if needed. For erosive GERD, take 60 mg once daily for 8 weeks, and 30 mg once daily for maintenance. Stop when asymptomatic.

Capsules should be swallowed whole. If you have trouble swallowing Dexilant capsules whole, you can open the capsules and sprinkle the contents on a tablespoon of applesauce.

What are the side effects of Dexilant?

Common side effects of Dexilant include nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and dizziness.

Who should not take Dexilant?

– People who are allergic to Dexlansoprazole or any component of the formulation.
– Children under 2 years of age

Pharmacist Tips:

Taking Dexilant long-term (1 year or more) can cause low magnesium levels and osteoporosis. Speak to your healthcare professional for monitoring of magnesium levels and consume sufficient calcium to keep bone strong.

Common dosing schedule:
Dexilant is usually taken once daily, with or without food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Dexilant may interact with:
St John’s Wort
– Antifungals, e.g. Ketoconazole, Itraconazole
– Bisphosphonate derivatives, e.g. Alendronate, Zoledronic acid

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Dexilant in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Dexilant is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Dexilant in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.