Prevacid is designed to inhibit the acid formation in the stomach. This medicine prevents damage to the esophagus or stomach in people with ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
It may take a few days of treatment before your stomach pain starts to ease. You should consult with your doctor if it does not happen, or if you start feeling worse.
You may also try to take antacids in order to relieve pain occasionally, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Take Prevacid orally. Do not break or chew the capsule, ingest it as a whole. Drink enough liquid with it. Read the instructions on the leaflet.
Lansoprazole will provide you with the best result if you take it on empty stomach, an hour or a half of an hour before meal. Never exceed the dosage you are prescribed for.
If you are not comfortable with ingesting the capsule, you may open it and pour the content on the spoon with cottage cheese, yogurt, strained pears, applesauce or Ensure pudding. However, do not crush it into the food and do not chew prepared content. You should take this dose right away and drink water then
Prevacid Safety Information
In case of missing a dose of Prevacid, take it as soon as you remember to do so. However, if it's about time to take your next dose, skip the missed one and follow your regular schedule. Thus take the next dose when it's time for it. Never take a double dose at once.
Althoug Prevacid (Lansoprazole) interacts with certain prescription drugs, it is basically less interactive compared to Prilosec (omeprazole), belonging to the same class of generic drugs. The acid produced in the stomach is like to have an influence on the absorption of certain drugs, and, as a result, this generic drug as well as other PPIs that reduce stomach acid also reduce the absorption and concentration in blood of Nizoral (ketoconazole) and increase the absorption and concentration in blood of Lanoxin (digoxin). This may result in declined efficacy of ketoconazole or enhanced digoxin toxicity, respectively. If you also take Carfate (sucralfate), avoid taking it at the same time you take Prevacid (Lansoprazole). Sucralfate can make it more difficult for your body to absorb this generic drug and so you need to wait for at least 30 minutes after taking this prescription drug before you take sucralfate. This prescription drug should not be used with atazanavir as it may result in serious interactions. Before using this generic drug, tell your doctor of all prescription drugs as well as non-prescription/ herbal products you may use, especially cilostazol, theophylline, voriconazole and warfarin.
Prevacid Side Effectss
Such side effects as diarrhea or constipation, nausea, abdominal pain, headache, which may be caused by Lansoprazole do not usually need the medical attention. However, talk to your doctor if they bother you too much.
You should immediately inform you doctor in case you have dark yellow or brown urine, unusual skin rash, blistering, or peeling; fever or sore throat; unusual bleeding or bruising; vomiting; yellowing of the eyes or skin.