What Is Prevacid (Lansoprazole)?
Prevacid or lansoprazole, it’s a 1995 FDA approved drug, used to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux.
This drug’s active mechanism is something called proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Through different chemical process, it blocks enzymes on the stomach walls where acid is produced, decreasing its amount and action in the body, so when that happens, the stomach and esophagus can heal.
There are also many ways to find this medicine, it’s available on tabs, capsules, oral suspensions, etc. Having a non-immediate effect on the body, this drug can take days to help fighting the symptoms and its prolonged use, is contraindicated by doctors because it decreases the levels of magnesium in the blood, causing, or not, other symptoms like dizziness, muscle and bone weakness and spasms on the limbs. FDA, also warns users that Prevacid may elevate the possibility of developing severe diarrhea. This diarrhea having a bacterial origin, specifically for a Gram-positive spore-forming bacteria Clostridium difficile, situated in your intestines.
Adding to the information about Prevacid, it’s not known if taking can be bad to pregnant women or breastfeeding babies, though children under 1 year old cannot take it. Nonetheless what scientists do know is that Prevacid does not ’t work well with alcohol. This drink lessens its effects due to the increase on the amount of acid in the stomach causing as well another digestive side effects like constipation, stomach pain, diarrhea.
Prevacid Side Effects
Common Side Effects
Serious Side Effects
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Regular Prevacid capsules are available in 15 and 30 mg. It’s the same for Prevacid 24hour and Prevacid Solutab. The latter can be easily taken by dissolving it under your tongue.
Prevacid 24 hour should only be taken once every 24 hours, not more than that. And strictly during the days of treatment assigned from your doctor which is mostly 14 days. If the condition does not improve during that period of time, consult your doctor. Additionally it’s recommendable that you wait some months before starting another round of 14 days with Prevacid.
Should you missed a dose you can freely take the tablet or pill, unless the time to take the other dose of the medicine is really close, in that case just wait and take it on the scheduled time.
Whatever you decide to do, do not double your dose.
You need to seek medical help if you experience an overdose reaction from Prevacid, as soon as possible.
And how can you know if you overdosed? Symptoms include difficulty to breathe swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or mouth.