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Treats heartburn and stomach ulcers.

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Prevacid (Lansoprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief and helps heal ulcers.

  • Most people can take Prevacid (Lansoprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Prevacid (Lansoprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once or twice a day.
  • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
  • Available as both a generic and over-the-counter option, so it's pretty affordable.
  • Sometimes if one PPI doesn't work, another medication in the same class will work for you.
  • Doesn't start working as fast as some other antacids like Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox.
  • Depending on the condition you are treating, it can take one to two weeks to get the full effect.
  • If you are taking Prevacid (Lansoprazole) for a long time you should take a calcium supplement to prevent fragile bones.
  • Can interact with other drugs, so be sure your doctor knows all the medicine you're taking before starting Prevacid (Lansoprazole).

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Side effects for Prevacid (Lansoprazole)

From clinical trials of Prevacid / Stomach ulcer prevention ( 3795)

  • DiarrheaDiarrhea4% for Prevacid vs.2% for placebo
  • Abdominal painAbdominal pain2% for Prevacid vs.1% for placebo
  • ConstipationConstipation1% for Prevacid vs.0% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea1% for Prevacid vs.1% for placebo

What to expect when you start Prevacid (Lansoprazole)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Prevacid (Lansoprazole) about 1 hour before a meal.
  • Don't chew or crush capsules, but swallow them whole.
  • If you have trouble swallowing, there's a tablet available that dissolves in your mouth.
  • Give Prevacid (Lansoprazole) a chance to work. You'll see some benefits right away, but the full effects can take a week or so to kick in.
  • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Prevacid (Lansoprazole).

Risks and Warnings for Prevacid (Lansoprazole)

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  • Heartburn and feelings of upset stomach can be warning signs of a more serious stomach problem or cancer. If you need to take Prevacid (Lansoprazole) for 2 weeks or more go see a doctor. It's safest to get checked out to make sure you do not have a serious stomach condition.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Prevacid (Lansoprazole)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Prevacid (Lansoprazole) about 1 hour before a meal.
  • take 2 times a day, once before breakfast and once before dinner
  • take 2 times a day half hour before meals
    Taken for: inflamition in the stomach
    Duration taken: a couple weeks