What is Prevacid
Prevacid (lansoprazole) is a medicine used to treat and prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers and other conditions as prescribed by your health care provider. Its effects are based on reducing the amounts of acid produced in the stomach, which is actually the reason for the conditions it is used to treat. Prevacid can be combined with antibiotics for maximum effects, but make sure this has been recommended by your health care provider.
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How to take Prevacid for maximum efficiency
This drug can be combined with antibiotics to treat certain conditions. Make sure you do not combine it with any drugs without your doctor's consent. If you are allergic to any medications, or in case you have liver disease, you are not supposed to be taking Prevacid. Talk to your doctor to make sure the treatment is going to be efficient and safe. Each dose is supposed to be taken with a full glass of water before meals. If you are taking an extended-release form, make sure you swallow it whole for the medicine to be released gradually. In general, it's те that hard to be taking Prevacid regularly – although there are certain rules to be observed. Some of your health aspects may prevent you from safely taking Prevacid. If you have an allergic reaction get emergency medical help. The sign of an allergic reaction can include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat and sometimes rash.
Things to let your doctor know about
This drug is FDA pregnancy B. This means that pregnant women taking this medication do not have to be worried about this medicine causing serious health effects in their unborn or newborn babies. However, Prevacid passes into breast milk and can therefore be absorbed by a nursing infant. This is not safe for he health of your child, and you need to talk to your doctor before getting a prescription for Prevacid – whether you are breastfeeding or still pregnant. Also tell your health care provider if you have any health conditions that need to be discussed before you start taking Prevacid. Some health conditions can affect your treatment, making Prevacid less efficient or getting worse themselves, therefore, you need to talk to your doctor about all that in advance.
Drugs Prevacid can interfere with
Certain drugs you are taking are not supposed to be combined with Prevacid. Make sure you let your health care provider know if you are currently taking any of the following medications: theophylline, blood thinners, ketoconazole, ampicillin, iron, atazanavir, or digoxin. Take this drug for as long as recommended even if your symptoms improve significantly. If you are taking sucralfate, make sure you wait for 30 minutes before taking Prevacid, as these drugs can decrease the effects of each other when combined. Any other products of the kind you are using – such as herbal supplements, for instance, must also be reported to your health care provider. Your doctor needs to know as much as possible from your personal and family medical history – this is the only way to make sure you will benefit from the treatment and get your health back in no time.
If Prevacid overdose takes place
Although taking too much of this medicine is not expected to produce life- threatening symptoms, you need to report any cases of overdose to your local emergency center. The following symptoms are possible: headache, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain. If you notice some other person that has these symptoms, and you know he or she has taken too much of Prevacid – either intentionally or by accident – call the ambulance and make sure this person gets they help they need.
Prevacid is not supposed to cause an addiction, so it can be safely take by anyone to whom this kind of treatment has been prescribed. Nevertheless, you are not supposed to be taking this medication in larger doses or for longer than prescribed, as this can worsen your side effects.
Prevacid side effects
Prevacid is not expected to cause any side effects in most patients, and the very few cases of side effects were each quite individual so it's impossible to say which symptom to watch for. This medicine is very well tolerated and even if you have some minor unpleasant sensations, they go away to soon for you to remember them even if you try. This drug is unlikely to cause any serious side effects, and the mild side effects you may experience are not supposed to be reported to the doctor – they are most likely to go away after just a couple of hours.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not supposed to take any medications without previously consulting their doctor, and his is exactly the same way in this case. If you are expecting a baby or are breastfeeding one, the first thing to do before actually taking Prevacid is talking to a qualified health professional that will help you understand whether potential benefits outweigh possible risks.