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Zoton FasTab 15mg and 30mg oro-dispersible tablets

What is Zoton FasTab?

Zoton FasTab oro-dispersible tablets contains an active ingredient called lansoprazole (classed as a “proton pump inhibitor”) and is used to reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Used for treatment in those who suffer with stomach ulcers and heartburn, it also helps to alleviate stomach irritation in those who are taking other medicines, which can cause these problems as a side effect.

Some anti-inflammatory drugs such as Arcoxia (etoricoxib) are less likely to cause stomach problems when lansoprazole is taken at the same time, and doctor’s commonly always prescribe the two types of medicines together.

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How does Zoton FasTab work?

Lansoprazole works by preventing the stomach from producing too much acid. Antacids, available to buy over the counter, work by neutralising stomach acid, after it has been produced.

How to take Zoton FasTab

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The dose is one tablet per day – it is best taken in the morning, at least 30 minutes before you eat. Zoton FasTab is orodispersible, which means that it dissolves in the mouth without the need to have a glass of water to hand. The strawberry-flavoured tablet is simply placed on the tongue and dissolves when you suck it. However, if preferred, you can swallow it whole with water. Do not chew the tablet. 

For the best results from your medicines you should take Zoton FasTab at least 30 minutes before food, and at the same time each day.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, the doctor might recommend the 15mg or the 30mg tablets.

As it’s most commonly used to prevent stomach irritation in people who are also taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as Arcoxia), these tablets only need to be taken for as long as you are also taking that NSAID.

Is Zoton FasTab suitable for me?

Just like with all medical treatments, there are circumstances in which taking lansoprazole would not be advised, should be used with caution or not recommended at all. This is relevant to patients who have liver problems, or are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients.

Whether they’re prescribed by your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy, it is important to tell us during your consultation of any other medicines you are taking. Lansoprazole can cause problems if taken with certain other medicines, including some medicines for HIV/AIDS, digoxin, ketoconazole, itraconazole, theophylline, tacrolimus, or fluvoxamine.

If you are, or suspect you might be, pregnant or are breastfeeding (or planning to breastfeed), do not take lansoprazole.

Tell the doctor if the treatment is not working, as they may recommend a more suitable alternative. To make sure the doctor has all the information required to assess your suitability for lansoprazole, you should give them all relevant details about your medical history.

What are the side effects of Zoton FasTab?

There is potential for lansoprazole to cause side effects – it is worth noting that not everyone will experience them.

Common side effects (occur in more than 1 in 100 patients) may include vomiting and nausea, bowel issues (both constipation and diarrhoea), dizziness and headaches. Also look out for a dry mouth or throat, fatigue, and itching and rashes on the skin.

Joint pain and swelling, insomnia, mood changes, sensitivity to sunlight or hair loss are regarded as less common side effects. Stop using lansoprazole and talk to your doctor if you experience any of the above. Before taking any course of treatment, ensure you have familiarised yourself with the patient information leaflet. You'll find this supplied in the product packaging, or alternatively, you can view it online here.