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Prevacid (Lanzoprazole)

The drug prevacid belongs to a group of Proton Pump Inhibitors. This drug helps in reducing the amount of acid being produced by the stomach. It is used to prevent and treat stomach and intestinal ulcers, damages to the esophagus or what is commonly known as erosive esophagitis caused by the acid in the stomach. Prevacid is also used in treating excessive stomach acid conditions like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.   

prevacid Lanzoprazole works by relieving symptoms such as heartburn, persistent cough, difficulty in swallowing and sleeping disturbances as well as preventing serious damage to the digestive system.

It can also be used to treat ulcers due to the long term use of certain drugs for pain or swelling such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Prevacid can also be used to treat bacterial infection in the stomach but must be combined with other antibiotics for a more potent result. 

In taking this medication, always read what your physician has ordered you. For general information on how to use take Prevacid Oral, empty the packet and pour contents into a container with 2 tablespoons of water. Stir well and drink the entire suspension afterwards. Do not allow the medication to stay for later use.  

If there are small granules left, add little amount of water if needed, stir and drink immediately. Do not mix with other liquid or food. Do not crush or chew the medication. Do not mix or use in feeding tubes as the suspension may clog the tubes. Also, antacids may be taken with this medication if it is needed. Keep in mind to take only the medication as prescribed by your doctor. Inform or consult your doctor if symptoms persist. 

Prevacid (Lanzoprazole) Side Effects 

All medications have their side effects and like any drugs, Prevacid also has its side effects. According to clinical studies the most common side effects of Prevacid includes abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea and constipation. However, other side effects have also been noted. These side effects are the following: 

  • Chest pain 
  • Stroke 
  • Allergic reaction 
  • High blood pressure or hypertension 
  • Fainting or syncope 
  • Gout 
  • Ulcerative colitis 
  • Weight loss 
  • Weight gain 
  • Insomnia 
  • Depression 
  • Acne 
  • Hair loss 
  • Asthma 
  • Epistaxis (nose bleeding) 
  • Unexplained rash 
  • Middle ear infection (otitis media) 
  • Urinary tract infection 
  • Impotence (erectile dysfunction) 
  • Fractures  
  • Hypomagnesemia (low blood magnesium) 

Some of the side effects of Prevacid may be rare and show a lesser percentage of occurrences than the most common side effects. For side effects that may occur other than the ones mentioned, consult your physician immediately. The earlier that it is detected, the more chances of curing the underlying condition. So do take caution and observe for uncommon side effects of this medication.