Prevacid belongs to a group of medications called proton pump inhibitors, which lower the amount of stomach acid produced by your body. It comes in capsule form and should be taken orally. You will also find Prevacid by its generic name, Lansoprazole. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
A valid prescription is required to take Prevacid 30mg. There is also a non-prescription version of Prevacid available at a lower dose of 15mg.
Prevacid is most often prescribed to treat disorders that cause excess stomach acid production. These include conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which can lead to severe digestive distress if left untreated.
GERD occurs when the valve that normally keeps acid in the stomach is not functioning properly. This allows for a backflow of stomach contents and acid up into the esophagus. The lack of a protective lining in the esophagus may result in symptoms such as burning and pain. Factors that increase your risk of having GERD include: age; being overweight; eating and drinking certain foods; asthma; smoking; and taking certain medications.
Prevacid or generic Lansoprazole works by blocking acid-creating processes in the stomach, thereby alleviating the cause of your discomfort. Its effect is only temporary, though, and it does not cure the condition. Your doctor may also recommend a variety of lifestyle changes to help prevent symptoms from returning. In particular, it may be suggested that you limit alcoholic beverages and caffeine, and take steps to lose weight if you are overweight.
Prevacid may also be prescribed to treat peptic ulcers. This is a sore in the lining of the stomach or intestine that occurs when the protective layer wears away, allowing damage to occur from the natural acids of the stomach. Most peptic ulcers are caused by bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or from taking certain types of medications.
Before you start taking Prevacid, make sure to tell your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with liver disease, osteoporosis, or low magnesium levels.
During treatment, you should look for signs of bone fracture, which include swelling, bruising, and pain that worsens with movement; inform your doctor right away if you notice any.
To avoid negative reactions, it is important that you do not combine Prevacid with certain HIV, anti-depressant, and cancer drugs. Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding all medications.
You should contact your doctor right away if you experience any of the following more serious side effects: abdominal pain; joint or muscle pain, pain or burning while urinating.