The generic ingredient in Prevacid is lansoprazole which belongs to a family of drugs called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs. Other available PPIs include Prilosec (omeprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole). These medications are used to treat ulcers and acid reflux.
Doctors prescribe Prevacid to prevent and treat several acid-related conditions such as ulcers and GERD which affect the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Sometimes Prevacid is used together with antibiotics to treat ulcers of the stomach and duodenum.
Gastric acid from the stomach can cause irritation and discomfort in the lower part of the esophagus which is called heartburn. As well, acid can lead to the formation of ulcers in the stomach and duodenum. Proton pump inhibitors, like Prevacid, help patients by reducing the production of acid in the stomach, thereby preventing ulcers and allowing any existing ulcers to heal. For patients who have GERD or heartburn, Prevacid decreases the amount of stomach acid so if any stomach content rises into the esophagus, it causes less irritation, damage and discomfort.
Prevacid 15mg capsules are pink and green and should be taken orally before eating. They should be swallowed whole, not crushed or chewed. For people who have difficulty swallowing, capsules can be opened and sprinkled into applesauce or yogurt and consumed immediately. Dosage of Prevacid varies depending on your condition and severity. For short-term treatment of duodenal ulcers, take one 15mg capsule once daily for four weeks. For short-term treatment of GERD, the usual dosage is one 15mg capsule once daily for up to eight weeks.
Common side effects are as follows:
These may not be all the side effects of Prevacid 15mg.
Do not take Prevacid if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Before taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have liver disease or low magnesium levels. PPIs may increase your risk for bone fractures especially in older patients and higher doses for longer periods of time. Calcium and vitamin D supplements may be recommended by your doctor.
Store Prevacid at room temperature between 20°C to 25°C. Keep out of reach from children.
These conditions are associated with the irritation in the lower part of the esophagus by rising acidic stomach contents. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Symptoms of these conditions include discomfort in the upper abdomen and below the breastbone, a burning sensation, regurgitation and nausea.
An ulcer, sometimes called a peptic ulcer, is a painful sore or tissue break formed on the protective lining of the stomach or duodenum (first part of the small intestine). Ulcers are common, affecting one in ten Americans. The most common symptom is a burning pain in your abdomen, above your belly button, in your chest, or in the back of your throat. Other symptoms include weight loss, nausea and bloating.
Patients with acid-related conditions like GERD and ulcers may receive a prescription for Prevacid from their doctors. This medication helps reduce the levels of gastric acid which can cause abdominal discomfort and pain. YouDrugstore offers you the chance to order Prevacid at the same price they pay in Canada because we are an online Canadian pharmacy. Before you can purchase Prevacid, it is necessary to provide us with your prescription so that our professional team of licensed health care specialists can review your order. After careful examination of your information, we will ship your Prevacid to you for a low cost in shipping. YouDrugstore also offers free shipping on any order over $100. If you have any questions, our helpful staff will be happy to assist you.