Prevacid (Lansoprazole) is a prescription medication that is used to treat gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers, reflux esophagitis and GERD. It may also be combined with antibiotics to treat and eradicate H.pylori bacteria. Lansoprazole belongs to the family of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Prevacid decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Prevacid should not be used for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
We currently have the brand Prevacid that comes from Canada manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, the brand Lansazol from the United Kingdom manufactured by Pfizer. The generic Lansoprazole comes from Canada by Sandoz and Teva and UK by Mylan. It may come from other countries around the world. Prevacid is available in the strength of 15mg and 30mg.
Common side effects include:
Serious side effects include:
• Bloody or watery diarrhea;
• Cough or choking feeling;
• Fast or uneven heart rate;
• Feeling jittery;
• Muscle weakness;
You should not use Prevacid if you are allergic to Lansoprazole. Before you start taking prevacid, inform your doctor about your medical conditions and about all the medications you are currently taking including OTC and herbal medications. Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take Prevacid if you have liver disease or low levels of magnesium in your blood. Taking a proton pump inhibitor such as Prevacid may increase your risk of bone fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine. Prevacid is not expected to harm and unborn baby, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is unknown whether Lansoprazole passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not take prevacid without informing your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. There may be an interaction between Prevacid and other medications such as clopidogrel, digoxin, mesalamine, methotrexate, tacrolimus, warfarin, etc. Heartburn can often be confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Contact your doctor immediately if you have chest pain, a heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm and shoulder, nausea, sweating and a general ill feeling.
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The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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