What is Prevacid?
LANSOPRAZOLE prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, certain bacteria in the stomach, inflammation of the esophagus, and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. It can also be used to prevent and treat ulcers in patients taking medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
What should I tell my health care provider before I take Prevacid?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to lansoprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this Prevacid?
Take this medicine by mouth. Swallow the capsules whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew. This medicine works best if taken on an empty stomach 30 to 60 minutes before food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take more often than directed.
If you have difficulty swallowing the capsules, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the contents on a tablespoon of any of the following foods: applesauce, Ensure brand pudding, cottage cheese, yogurt, or strained pears. Do not crush the contents of the capsule into the food. Swallow the dose immediately after preparing it. Do not chew. Follow with a drink of water.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose of Prevacid?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with Prevacid?
Do not take this medicine with the following:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- iron salts
- itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole, or other prescription medicines for fungus or yeast infections
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What should I watch for while taking Prevacid?
It can take several days before your stomach pain gets better. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better or if it gets worse.
What side effects may I notice from Prevacid?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible.
- dark yellow or brown urine
- fever or sore throat
- unusual skin rash, blistering, or peeling
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- diarrhea or constipation
- stomach pain or gas
This list may not describe all possible side effects.
Where can I keep Prevacid?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.