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Has Lansoprazole Been Approved for Use in Children?

Prescription lansoprazole has been approved to treat GERD and erosive esophagitis in children from 1 to 17 years of age. Nonprescription lansoprazole is approved only for adults.
Despite the widespread use of lansoprazole to treat infant GERD, research suggests that lansoprazole is not effective for use in babies under one year of age. One study evaluated lansoprazole for babies age one month up to one year of age. The babies that were given lansoprazole were just as fussy and irritable after feedings, compared to babies that were given a placebo (which had no active ingredient).
It is possible that this study failed to show that lansoprazole was effective because the babies were diagnosed with GERD based on the symptoms of crying, fussiness, or irritability associated with feedings (instead of more objective but more invasive ways to diagnose the condition). It is possible that in the study (just like in "real life") many of the babies diagnosed with GERD actually did not have the medical condition and therefore were not helped by lansoprazole.

Are There Any "Off-Label" Lansoprazole Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend lansoprazole for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, however, there are no known off-label uses for lansoprazole, other than using the medication for infants.

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