Prevacid is a drug which is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, certain bacteria in the stomach, inflammation of the esophagus, and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. This drug is available as delayed release capsules, disintegrating tablets, oral suspensions or as an injection.
You should read the product information leaflet before using this medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication should be taken by mouth as instructed by your doctor. Do not crush or chew the drug because it may diminish its effects. This medication should be taken with a full glass of water unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You should swallow the drug whole.
Your dosage is based on your medical condition and the way you will respond to treatment. Take this drug regularly to experience the most benefits. You should also take this drug at the same time each day.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as prescribed by your doctor or as stated on the package label.
Prevacid may interact with medications such as:
- Iron supplements
- Azole antifungals such as ketoconazole
There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.
Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have the following:
- Allergy to lansoprazoleor to similar drugs such as omeprazole or pantoprazole
- Liver disease
- Heartburn with lightheadedness or dizziness
- Chest pain or shoulder pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Difficulty in swallowing food
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Heartburn for over 3 months
- Frequent chest pain
- Frequent wheezing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Pregnancy or lactation