Prevacid Lansoprazole and/or alternatives
The drug Prevacid falls under a group of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors. The main role of Prevacid is to decrease the acid production in the stomach. The generic name of Prevacid is lansoprazole.
Patients can buy Prevacid in both capsule and soluble tablet forms in two different strengths: Prevacid 15mg and Prevacid 30mg.
Indications & Dosage of Prevacid
Prevacid is indicated for the treatment and prevention of medical conditions like erosive esophagitis, and ulcers that affect the stomach and intestinal regions. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a medical condition involving excessive stomach acid, can also be treated with Prevacid.
The doctor’s prescription should be strictly followed while using Prevacid. Altering the dosage may cause serious health complications. Prevacid should be taken before a meal. The capsules are meant to be swallowed whole and not broken. For patients who have trouble swallowing, it is recommended to sprinkle the contents of the capsule into pudding or any other nutritional drink. The patient should take the whole mixture. The empty capsule should be properly discarded.
Prevacid has the best effect when taken before breakfast. It should be taken on a daily basis preferably at the same time. The symptoms may begin to improve during the course of the treatment, but this does not mean that the dosage of Prevacid can be stopped. The drug should be taken for the full duration of treatment. It is to be stored away from heat and moisture, at room temperature.
Side effects & Interactions of Prevacid
Prevacid use can lead to users experiencing several side effects. Certain side effects have little effect on the body and wear off within a short period of time. Some of these minor side effects are:
- Constipation and diarrhea;
- Stomach pain;
Apart from the aforementioned side effects, side effects of a more serious nature may be experienced by users as well. These side effects often need medical attention to be dealt with. They are:
- Severe dizziness and confusion;
- Jittery feeling;
- Severe muscle related weakness issues and cramps;
- Choking sensation;
- Rapid heartbeat
Drug interactions are quite possible if patients use certain other substances along with Prevacid. Prevacid has a strong chance of interacting with substances like atazanavir, ampicillin, digoxin, clopidogrel, warfarin and other blood thinners, ketoconazole, theophylline, certain diuretics, and iron. Before taking any of the mentioned substances or any other prescription and/or non-prescription drug, a doctor should be consulted, to avoid any interactions that can adversely affect the body.
Warnings & Precautions of Prevacid
Patients who are allergic to any of the ingredients present in Prevacid or any other proton pump inhibitor should not buy Prevacid.
People suffering from certain medical conditions like swallowing issues, bloody stools, frequent chest pain, prolonged heartburn, severe nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, liver issues and low presence of magnesium in the blood should consult a doctor to determine the safety of Prevacid use.
Prevacid is generally not expected to harm pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, it is advised to consult a doctor first.
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