Category: Ulcers & Indigestion
Equivalent of Prevacid 15mg
Equivalent of Prevacid 30mg
|Drug Class: What is Prevacid and why is it prescribed?
|Generic Prevacid (Lansoprazole) is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors
(PPI), which block the production of acid, by the stomach.
Other drugs in the same class as Generic Prevacid, include rabeprazole (Aciphex),
omeprazole (Prilosec) and pantoprazole (Protonix). Proton pump inhibitors are used for the treatment of conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux
disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome that are caused by stomach acid.
Generic Prevacid is prescribed for the short-term treatment (up to 4 weeks) of
duodenal ulcers, (ulcers near the exit from the stomach). Generic Prevacid is also used for
up to 8 weeks in the treatment of stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease(backflow of acid into the canal to the stomach), and a condition called erosive
esophagitis (severe inflammation of the canal). Once a duodenal ulcer or case
of esophagitis has cleared up, the doctor may continue prescribing Generic Prevacid
to prevent a relapse.
Generic Prevacid is also prescribed to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers in people
who develop this problem while taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such
as Advil, Motrin, and Naprosyn.
Generic Prevacid drug is also used for long-term treatment of certain diseases
marked by excessive acid production, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Generic Prevacid is also prescribed as part of a combination treatment to eliminate
the H. pylori infection that causes most cases of duodenal ulcer.
|Prevacid Mechanism: How does Prevacid work?
|Generic Prevacid, Lansoprazole, like other proton-pump inhibitors, blocks the enzyme
in the wall of the stomach that produces acid. By blocking the enzyme, the production
of acid is decreased, and this allows the stomach and esophagus to heal.
|Prevacid Dosage: How should you take Prevacid?
Generic Prevacid dosage should be taken before meals. If you have trouble swallowing
the Generic Prevacid capsules, you can sprinkle the contents on a tablespoon
of applesauce; swallow immediately without chewing or crushing the granules.
You can also mix the granules with 2 ounces of orange juice or tomato juice.
(Rinse the glass with an additional 4 ounces of juice to make sure you get the
entire dose of Generic Prevacid).
Alternatively, you can use Generic Prevacid for Delayed-Release Oral Suspension.
Empty the packet into 2 tablespoonfuls of water, stir well, and swallow immediately.
Do not use any other liquid, and avoid chewing or crushing the granules. If
any material remains in the glass, add more water, stir, and drink immediately.
If you are taking antacids for pain, you may continue to do so. You also may
continue to take sucralfate (Carafate), but take your dose of Generic Prevacid
at least 30 minutes prior to the Carafate.
Generic Prevacid dosage for adults:
- For Treatment of Duodenal Ulcer: The usual dose of Generic Prevacid
is 15 milligrams once daily, before eating, for 4 weeks.
- To Prevent Relapse of Duodenal Ulcer: Take Generic Prevacid 15 milligrams
once a day.
- To Eradicate Ulcer-causing Bacteria: To eliminate the H. pylori bacteria
that cause most duodenal ulcers, Generic Prevacid is taken with amoxicillin
alone or amoxicillin and Biaxin. When combined with amoxicillin only, the
usual dose of Generic Prevacid is 30 milligrams of and 1 gram of amoxicillin
3 times daily for 14 days. If all three drugs are used, the usual dose of Generic Prevacid is
30 milligrams of Generic Prevacid, 1 gram of amoxicillin, and 500 milligrams of Biaxin
twice daily for 10 to 14 days.
- For Treatment of Stomach Ulcer: The usual Generic Prevacid dose is
30 milligrams once a day for up to 8 weeks.
- To Prevent Stomach Ulcer due to Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs:
The usual dose of Generic Prevacid is 15 milligrams once a day for up to 12
- For Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Take 15 milligrams
once a day for up to 8 weeks.
- For Treatment of Erosive Esophagitis: The usual dose of Generic Prevacid
is 30 milligrams daily, before eating, for up to 8 weeks. Depending on your
response to Generic Prevacid your doctor may suggest another 8-week treatment
Other Excess Acid Conditions (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome) The usual
starting dose of Generic Prevacid is 60 milligrams once daily. This dose of Generic Prevacid can be adjusted upward
by your doctor, depending on your response. Dosages totaling more than 120 milligrams
a day should be divided into smaller doses. If you have severe liver disease,
your doctor will tailor your dosage to fit your needs.
Generic Prevacid dosage for children: The safety and effectiveness of Generic Prevacid
have not been established in children.
Generic Prevacid Overdose: Overdoses of Generic Prevacid are not known to cause any problems.
Nevertheless, no medication should be taken in excess. If you suspect an overdose of Generic Prevacid,
seek medical attention immediately.
If you miss a dose of Generic Prevacid: Take it as soon as you remember. If it
is almost time for your next dose of Generic Prevacid, skip the one you missed and go back to your
regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses of Generic Prevacid at once.
Storage instructions for Generic Prevacid: Store at room temperature in a tightly
closed container. Keep away from moisture.
Preparations of Generic Prevacid:
Generic Prevacid Tablets: 15 mg and 30 mg.
Generic Prevacid Oral suspension: in
15 mg and 30 mg unit dose cartons of 30.
Lansoprazole also is available in 15mg
and 30 mg tablets that disintegrate when placed under the tongue (Generic Prevacid SoluTab).
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Prevacid
| If Generic Prevacid is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of Generic Prevacid
either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to
check with your doctor before combining Generic Prevacid with the following:
Iron salts (Ferro-Sequels, Ferro-Sulfate),
|Special information on Prevacid
| Special information on Generic Prevacid, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding,
the effects of Generic Prevacid in pregnant women have not been adequately studied.
If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor.
It is not known whether Generic Prevacid appears in human breast milk. If Generic Prevacid is essential to your health, your doctor may have you stop breastfeeding
your baby while you are taking it.
|Prevacid side effects
|Side effects of Generic Prevacid cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Prevacid.
More common side effects of Generic Prevacid: May include, Diarrhea.
Less common side effects of Generic Prevacid: May include abdominal pain, constipation, nausea.
Rare side effects of Generic Prevacid: May include, abnormal thinking and dreams, acne, aggravation of hostility, agitation, allergic reaction, anemia, anxiety, apathy, arthritis, asthma, back pain, bad breath, belching, black or discolored stools, bleeding gums, blood in the urine, breast development in males, breast enlargement, breast pain and tenderness, bronchitis, chest pain (including severe
pain), chills, colitis, confusion, convulsions, cough, coughing up blood, deafness, decreased or increased sex drive, dehydration, depression, diabetes, difficult or labored breathing, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, dry or inflamed eyes, dry mouth, ear disorders, enlarged abdomen, eye pain, fainting, fever, fluid retention, \"flu-like\" symptoms, flushing, gallstones, gas, general feeling of illness, gout, hair loss, hallucinations, heart disorders, hiccups, high blood pressure, high or low blood sugar, hives, impotence, increased activity or sensations, increased appetite, increased salivation, indigestion, infection, inflammation of the esophagus or mouth, inflammation of the stomach lining, itching, joint or bone disorders, kidney problems, kidney stones, leg cramps, loss of appetite, low blood pressure, memory loss, menstrual problems, mouth and tongue disorders, mood swings, muscle, bone, or joint pain, neck pain or rigidity, nervousness, nosebleeds, pain, paralysis, pelvic pain, pneumonia, prickling, tingling, or pins and needles, rash, rectal
hemorrhage, rectal and bladder spasms, respiratory and lung disorders, ringing in ears, runny nose, shock, sinusitis, skin disorders, sleep disorders, sore throat, stomach and intestinal hemorrhage, stroke, sweating, taste alteration, thirst, throbbing heartbeat, thyroid problems, tremors, tumors, urinary problems, vaginal inflammation, vertigo, visual disturbances, vomiting, weakness, weight gain or loss, wheezing, yeast infection.
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