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  Prevacid
Drug uses
Prevacid is a long-acting medicine called a proton pump inhibitor that works by reducing the production of acid in the stomach. Originally it helps to digest food but when it’s produced in excessive amounts, it causes irritation and stomach diseases. The effects produced by the medication last for 24 hours after it’s been taken for 5 days or longer.
Prevacid is prescribed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barret’s esophagus, ulcers (duodenal, gastric, peptic), dyspepsia, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Sometimes irritation in the stomach is caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, so Prevacid is used to reduce it.
How taken
Prevacid comes as a disintegrating tablet, a capsule and in a powder form. The treatment lasts for 4-8 weeks which is determined by the doctor.
The medicine is taken orally on an empty stomach with a glass of water in the morning. The capsules are to be swallowed as whole and neither chewed or crushed.
Powder is to be added to water and mixed properly before taking.
Disintegrating tablets are just to be put in the mouth to dissolve.
The average dose is 15 mg a day.
Precautions
1 Tell the doctor if you are allergic to anything.
2 Prevacid increases the amount of cilostazol, digoxin in blood and may reduce the absorption of itraconazole, ketoconazole and the like.
3 The absorption of the medicine may be slowed down if antacids are taken.
4 As Prevacid reduces the amount of acid in the stomach, it may make it more subject to gastric-intestinal infections.
5 The doctor should know about any specific medical conditions of yours. Make sure you’ve mentioned:
Stomach cancer
Liver/kidney problems
6 Medicines for indigestion are not to be taken together with Prevacid but a couple of hours before or after one another.
7 Be careful to do anything that may be life-threatening until you find out how your body reacts to the medications.
8 Make sure your doctor knows if you are either pregnant or breastfeeding as it’s not known whether it may do any harm to your baby.
9 Tell the doctor about the medicines you are taking at the moment including vitamins, supplements and herbals. Make sure you haven’t forgotten:
Sucralfate
Digoxin
Anticoagulants
Theophylline
Ketoconazole
Ampicillin
Iron
10 Do not discontinue using the medicine unless your doctor tells you to do so.
11 Do not smoke during the treatment as it’ll aggravate side effects.
12 Avoid tomatoes, alcohol beverages, tea/coffee, citrus fruits andjuices and other foodstuff that may cause upset stomach.
Side effects
Sleep disturbance, pruritus, tiredness, vision problems, giddiness, rash may occur in the process of adjustment to your medication. If they turn to be troublesome and continuing, consult with your doctor. Call the doctor immediately if you experience the following: depression, constipation, cough, giddiness, diarrhea, pain in the abdomen, muscles, vomiting, sickness, flatulence, bleeding.
Missed dose
Never double doses in order to make up for a missed one. Keep to your everyday schedule if it’s time to take the next dose, if not, take the missed one then.
Overdose
The consequences of an overdose may be fatal. Call the emergency immediately if you suspect it.
Storage
  • Keep away from children
  • Store at room temperature
  • Keep away from heat, moisture and direct light
  • Do not freeze
  • Dispose of an outdated medicine

Disclaimer
The information above is to serve your information purposes only and is not to be looked upon as an instruction for a patient. This abstract only covers some general issues of drug uses, directions, warnings, possible side effects, etc. For more information you may consult with your doctor. We disclaim all responsibility for any adverse effects and negative consequences that could be the result of the use of this information.