Drug Class: What is Prevacid and why is it prescribed?
Prevacid Mechanism: How does Prevacid work?
Prevacid Dosage: How should you take Prevacid?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Prevacid
Special information on Prevacid
Prevacid side effects
|Drug Class: What is Prevacid and why is it prescribed?|
|Generic Prevacid (Lansoprazole) is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors
(PPI), which block the production of acid, by the stomach.
Other drugs in the same class as Generic Prevacid, include rabeprazole (Aciphex), omeprazole (Prilosec) and pantoprazole (Protonix). Proton pump inhibitors are used for the treatment of conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome that are caused by stomach acid.
Generic Prevacid is prescribed for the short-term treatment (up to 4 weeks) of duodenal ulcers, (ulcers near the exit from the stomach). Generic Prevacid is also used for up to 8 weeks in the treatment of stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease(backflow of acid into the canal to the stomach), and a condition called erosive esophagitis (severe inflammation of the canal). Once a duodenal ulcer or case of esophagitis has cleared up, the doctor may continue prescribing Generic Prevacid to prevent a relapse.
Generic Prevacid is also prescribed to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers in people who develop this problem while taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Motrin, and Naprosyn.
Generic Prevacid drug is also used for long-term treatment of certain diseases marked by excessive acid production, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Generic Prevacid is also prescribed as part of a combination treatment to eliminate the H. pylori infection that causes most cases of duodenal ulcer.
|Prevacid Mechanism: How does Prevacid work?|
|Generic Prevacid, Lansoprazole, like other proton-pump inhibitors, blocks the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid. By blocking the enzyme, the production of acid is decreased, and this allows the stomach and esophagus to heal.|
|Prevacid Dosage: How should you take Prevacid?|
Generic Prevacid dosage should be taken before meals. If you have trouble swallowing
the Generic Prevacid capsules, you can sprinkle the contents on a tablespoon
of applesauce; swallow immediately without chewing or crushing the granules.
You can also mix the granules with 2 ounces of orange juice or tomato juice.
(Rinse the glass with an additional 4 ounces of juice to make sure you get the
entire dose of Generic Prevacid).
Other Excess Acid Conditions (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome) The usual
starting dose of Generic Prevacid is 60 milligrams once daily. This dose of Generic Prevacid can be adjusted upward
by your doctor, depending on your response. Dosages totaling more than 120 milligrams
a day should be divided into smaller doses. If you have severe liver disease,
your doctor will tailor your dosage to fit your needs.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Prevacid|
| If Generic Prevacid is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of Generic Prevacid
either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to
check with your doctor before combining Generic Prevacid with the following:
Ampicillin, Digoxin (Lanoxin), Iron salts (Ferro-Sequels, Ferro-Sulfate), Ketoconazole (Nizoral), Sucralfate (Carafate), Theophylline (Theo-Dur).
|Special information on Prevacid|
| Special information on Generic Prevacid, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding,
the effects of Generic Prevacid in pregnant women have not been adequately studied.
If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor.
It is not known whether Generic Prevacid appears in human breast milk. If Generic Prevacid is essential to your health, your doctor may have you stop breastfeeding your baby while you are taking it.
|Prevacid side effects|
|Side effects of Generic Prevacid cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Prevacid.
More common side effects of Generic Prevacid: May include, Diarrhea.
Less common side effects of Generic Prevacid: May include abdominal pain, constipation, nausea.
Rare side effects of Generic Prevacid: May include, abnormal thinking and dreams, acne, aggravation of hostility, agitation, allergic reaction, anemia, anxiety, apathy, arthritis, asthma, back pain, bad breath, belching, black or discolored stools, bleeding gums, blood in the urine, breast development in males, breast enlargement, breast pain and tenderness, bronchitis, chest pain (including severe pain), chills, colitis, confusion, convulsions, cough, coughing up blood, deafness, decreased or increased sex drive, dehydration, depression, diabetes, difficult or labored breathing, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, dry or inflamed eyes, dry mouth, ear disorders, enlarged abdomen, eye pain, fainting, fever, fluid retention, \"flu-like\" symptoms, flushing, gallstones, gas, general feeling of illness, gout, hair loss, hallucinations, heart disorders, hiccups, high blood pressure, high or low blood sugar, hives, impotence, increased activity or sensations, increased appetite, increased salivation, indigestion, infection, inflammation of the esophagus or mouth, inflammation of the stomach lining, itching, joint or bone disorders, kidney problems, kidney stones, leg cramps, loss of appetite, low blood pressure, memory loss, menstrual problems, mouth and tongue disorders, mood swings, muscle, bone, or joint pain, neck pain or rigidity, nervousness, nosebleeds, pain, paralysis, pelvic pain, pneumonia, prickling, tingling, or pins and needles, rash, rectal hemorrhage, rectal and bladder spasms, respiratory and lung disorders, ringing in ears, runny nose, shock, sinusitis, skin disorders, sleep disorders, sore throat, stomach and intestinal hemorrhage, stroke, sweating, taste alteration, thirst, throbbing heartbeat, thyroid problems, tremors, tumors, urinary problems, vaginal inflammation, vertigo, visual disturbances, vomiting, weakness, weight gain or loss, wheezing, yeast infection.
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