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Excess stomach acid

I have had 2 episodes of what doctors call laryngospasm and said that it could be caused by excess stomach acid. On top of my blood pressure tablets I now take 30mg laryngospasm...to reduce stomach acid...what the long term effects on health using these acid reducing tablets...I seem to be gaining weight and having odd nerve spasms in my feet and ankles.

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Weight gain is not listed as a side effect for lansoprazole in the manufacturer’s information or Patient Information Leaflet. However, one small clinical trial in the USA in 2010 found an incidence of less than 1% of patients experiencing weight gain whilst taking lansoprazole longer-term.

Nerve spasms are also not a listed side effect but paraesthesia is listed as a rare side effect, meaning that it has occurred in greater than 1 in 10,000 but less than 1 in 1000 patients. Paraesthesia is an abnormal sensation typically displaying itself as “pins and needles”. If you are experiencing such symptoms regularly then you should report them to the GP.

For details of longer-term side effects with lansoprazole we have provided a link to the Summary of Products for Characteristics (SPC) lansoprazole for you to look at. SPC’s are generally aimed at health care professionals but are available to the public too. We would particularly draw your attention to Sections 4.4 and 4.8.

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