(lansoprazole) is a widely-recognized treatment for acid reflux
disease and other disorders resulting from production of excess
This product does not replace fast-acting heartburn relief
products. It is safe to continue taking fast-acting antacids as
Who Uses Prevacid?
This medication is used to treat a number of conditions resulting
from excessive production of stomach acid:
How does it Work?
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In
addition to alleviating the symptoms of GERD, the reduced
production of stomach acid allows the esophagus to heal and
prevents further esophagus damage from occurring.
- Stomach or intestinal ulcers. Reduced acid
production helps prevent recurrence of healed ulcers, as well as
inhibits ulcer development in patients taking nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It may also be used in
combination with one or more other medications to treat and prevent
ulcers resulting from bacteria.
- Excessive acid production. Some conditions,
such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, are successfully treated with
proton pump inhibitors.
- Frequent heartburn. While it does not provide
immediate relief, use of this product can help control chronic
heartburn over the long run.
Prevacid is a proton pump inhibitor. Like other drugs in its class,
it inhibits the production of stomach acid.
How is it Taken?
This product is available in time-release capsules, gelatin
capsules, and orally dissolving tablets. It is typically taken once
per day; unless it is being taken to treat bacterial ulcers, in
which physician instructions should be followed. It should be taken
at the same time each day with food.
If a dose is missed it can be skipped and the next dose taken at
the regular time, unless otherwise instructed by a doctor.
Duration of treatment depends on the condition being treated. For
frequent heartburn or GERD duration is usually two to twelve weeks,
and may be repeated every four to six months if needed.
Tablets and capsules should not be cut, chewed, or crushed.
Sucralfate should not be taken within 30 minutes of taking
Prevacid does not replace fast-acting heartburn relief products. It
may take several days before the effects are felt. It is safe to
take antacids as needed for heartburn while taking this
Delayed-release capsules: lansoprazole, sugar
sphere, polyethylene glycol, silicon
dioxide, low substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose,
sucrose, colloidal magnesium carbonate,
polysorbate 80, methacrylic acid copolymer,
, talc, hydroxypropyl
Gelatin capsules additionally contain: D&C red no. 28,
FD&C blue no. 1, FD&C green no. 3, FD&C red no.
40, titanium dioxide, gelatin.
Orally disintegrating tablets may contain aspartame
All medications carry some risk of side effects. The most common
side effects from this medication are mild:
- Abdominal pain
Allergic reactions are less common but warrant immediate medical
attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include difficulty
breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, and severe
rash or hives.
Contraindications and Interactions:
There are no known contraindications other than in patients with
known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.
Mixing Prevacid with other prescription or non-prescription drugs
may interfere with the effectiveness of one or more of the
medications. A physician should always be consulted before starting
or modifying a treatment strategy.
A partial list of medications (by generic names) known to interact
with this and other proton pump inhibitors includes:
- Blood thinners
Prevacid is a widely-recognized and trusted brand name which
delivers a consistently high-quality product. Recommended by
physicians around the world, this product has been proven safe and
effective for promoting long-term relief of chronic heartburn, GERD
symptoms, and ulcer healing and prevention.