5.5/ 7 average rating with 21 reviewsforPrevacid

Prevacid
Alternatives

(lansoprazole)

Prevacid (lansoprazole)

Prescription or OTC

Nexium (esomeprazole)

Over-the-counter
1 of 5 alternatives
Treats heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Prevacid (lansoprazole) is an effective and inexpensive acid reducer commonly used to provide heartburn relief and help heal ulcers.

Treats heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Nexium (esomeprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief but has some risks if used long term.

Upsides
  • Most people can take Prevacid (lansoprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Comes in a dissolving tablet to be placed on the tongue if you cannot or do not like to swallow pills.
  • Prevacid (lansoprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once a day.
  • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
  • Prevacid (lansoprazole) is available over-the-counter and as inexpensive, generic options.
  • Most people can take Nexium (esomeprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Nexium (esomeprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once a day.
  • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need quicker relief.
  • Nexium (esomeprazole) is inexpensive, with over-the-counter and generic options.
  • Coupons are available for the brand name - speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • The packet form is a good option if you have trouble swallowing pills.They can be mixed with water for easier swallowing.
Downsides
  • Doesn't start working right away like some other acid reducers (Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox).
  • May not be the best choice for patients 65 years of age and older due to risk of bone fractures and C. diff infection (bacterial).
  • Is used if you have frequent heartburns that occur more than 2 days per week. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you only have occasional heartburn.
  • Doesn't start working right away like antacids (Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox).
  • It can take several days or weeks to start feeling benefits.
  • May not be the best choice for patients 65 years of age and older due to risk of bone fractures and severe diarrhea.
Used for
  • GERD
  • H. Pylori bacterial infection
  • Prevention and treatment of NSAID-induced gastric ulcers
Dosage forms
  • Extended release
  • Dissolving tablet extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Packet
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Reviews
21 
71%
think this treatment is worth it
71%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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1239 
75%
think this treatment is worth it
59%
think this treatment works well
11%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
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The Nexium (esomeprazole) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Bone fractures

    High dose Prevacid (lansoprazole)

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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  • Severe diarrhea

    Being treated at a hospital

  • Bone fractures

    High dose Nexium (esomeprazole)

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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