Dexilant (Kapidex) is one of the major drugs that constitute the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) category. These drugs are designed to combat the symptoms of frequent heartburn caused by the backup of stomach acid into the esophagus, commonly referred to as acid reflux.
The drug was initially developed under the name Kapidex until drug manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals gained approval in 2010 to change the trade name to Dexilant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration initially approved Dexilant in 2009 and has since been introduced in mass to the U.S. market.
Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) has a similar function to popular drugs, including Nexium and Prilosec, as it effects the body by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach is able to produce. In doing so, the esophagus is able to heal from acid exposure which can work to prevent ulcers – sores in the lining of the stomach or intestine – from developing due to acid damage.
In addition to combating acid reflux symptoms, it has been used to treat general conditions in which the stomach is overproducing acid – known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. You can schedule a consultation with a Dexilant lawyer if you believe you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of this drug.
Is Kapidex The Same Drug As Dexilant?
When Dexilant was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2009, it was known as Kapidex. However, within a year of market introduction Takeda Pharmaceuticals was receiving reports that patients were frequently being given Casodex and Kadian when attempting to acquire their Kapidex prescription.
When this issue was investigated, it was discovered that due to the similarity of the drug names, doctors and pharmacists were prone to giving their clients an incorrect drug – of which one was morphine. In an attempt to reduce the amount of these prescription mistakes, Takeda submitted an FDA request to change Kapidex’s trade name to a distinct name that would not be confused for other drugs.
FDA approval was received in 2010 with Kapidex being referred to as Dexilant from that moment on. While exact figures are unreported, it is estimated that the name change has nearly eliminated occurrences of incorrect prescription acquisitions. Reach out to a Dexilant attorney to understand how this can impact your claim.
How Do You Take Dexilant (Kapidex)?
Dexilant is available as a delayed-release capsule or “Dexilant SoluTab” in strengths of 30 mg or 60 mg depending on your prescription and needs. Each method must be administered as directed by the packaging and doctor instructions, instructions are not uniform across the different methods so it is important that you understand the administration process before taking the drug.
How Do I Take Dexilant (Kapidex) Capsules?
- Capsules can be taken with or without good – up to user preference
- Capsules must be swallowed whole
- Do not ever chew the capsule
- Those unable to swallow the pill may pour contents into applesauce and consume
- Addition information can be found here
How Do I Take Dexilant SoluTabs?
- SoluTab melts in your mouth without the introduction of water
- Drug must be taken at least 30 minutes before a meal
- SoluTabs should never be broken or cut
- Place on tongue until it melts, swallow without water
- Do not chew material after melting
- If introduced to water, swallow entire SoluTab using water – do not melt on tongue
- Additional information can be found here
Consult With Your Doctor If You Develop:
- Abnormal Heartbeat
- Muscle Weakness
- Cramps or Aches
Tell Your Doctor If You Have/Are:
- Low Magnesium Levels In Your Blood
- Liver Problems
- Serious Medical Conditions
- Pregnant or Planning To Get Pregnant
- Breastfeeding or Planning To Breastfeed
Our Dexilant Attorneys Can Help
You should consult our Dexilant lawyers if you or someone you love has been harmed by this drug. We can help you hold the manufacturers accountable.