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Generic Prevacid - Lansoprazole
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CLASS and MECHANISM of Action
Generic "Prevacid" is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. Proton pump inhibitors (or "PPI"s) are a group of drugs whose main action is pronounced and long-lasting reduction of gastric acid production. PPI act by irreversibly blocking the hydrogen/potassium adenosine triphosphatase enzyme system of the gastric parietal cell. The proton pump is the terminal stage in gastric acid secretion, being directly responsible for secreting H ions into the gastric lumen, making it an ideal target for inhibiting acid secretion.
The lack of the acid in the stomach will aid in the healing of duodenal ulcers, and reduces the pain from indigestion and heartburn, which can be exacerbated by stomach acid. However, lack of stomach acid may also contribute to hypochlorhydria, a lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid, or HCl. Hydrochloric acid is required for absorption of nutrients, particularly calcium.
Generic "Prevacid" is among the most widely-selling drugs in the world as a result of its outstanding efficacy and safety.
Active ingredient: Lansoprazole
Other Ingredients: confectioner's sugar, mannitol, docusate sodium, ferric oxide, colloidal silicon dioxide, xanthan gum, crospovidone, citric acid, sodium citrate, magnesium stearate, and artificial strawberry flavor.
What is generic "Prevacid" PRESCRIBED For?
Generic "Prevacid" is prescribed for the short-term treatment (4 to 8 weeks) of the following disease: stomach ulcer, duodenal ulcer (near the exit from the stomach), erosive esophagitis inflammation of the esophagus). Generic "Prevacid" is also prescribed to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers in people who develop this problem while taking NSAIDs such as Advil, Motrin, and Naprosyn. The drug is also used for long-term treatment of certain diseases marked by excessive acid production, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Generic "Prevacid" is also prescribed as part of a combination treatment to eliminate the H. pylori infection that causes most cases of duodenal ulcer.
How Should I Take Generic "Prevacid"
Generic "Prevacid" should be taken before meals. If you're using the regular delayed-release capsules and you're having trouble swallowing them, you can sprinkle the contents on a tablespoon of applesauce; swallow immediately without chewing or crushing the granules. You can also mix the granules with 2 ounces of orange juice or tomato juice. (Rinse the glass with an additional 4 ounces of juice to make sure you get the entire dose.)
Store at room temperature, 15-30°C (59-86°F). Keep away from moisture.
What are the CONTRAINDICATIONS for taking generic "Prevacid"?
You should not take Generic "Prevacid" if you've had asthma or allergic reactions to arthritis medicines. In rare cases, continued use of arthritis medicines may lead to serious stomach problems, such as bleeding, without warning signs. You should not take Generic "Prevacid" if you are taking other medications such as Aleve (naproxen sodium) or Anaprox (naproxen sodium).
Tell your doctor if you have liver, kidney or fluid retention problems. Generic "Prevacid"should not be taken in late pregnancy. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness while taking Generic "Prevacid", you should exercise caution when performing activities that require alertness.
What Happens if I MISS A DOSE?
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed. If you have trouble remembering to take your tablets, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
What Happens if I OVERDOSE?
As in all cases where overdosing is suspected, treatment should be supportive and symptomatic. Any unabsorbed material should be removed from the gastrointestinal tract, and the patient should be carefully monitored.
What are the possible SIDE EFFECTS of Generic "Prevacid"?
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic "Prevacid".
More common side effects may include:
- abdominal pain
- headache (more common in children)
What other drugs can INTERACT with Generic "Prevacid"?
Before taking Generic "Prevacid", tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Generic "Prevacid", or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
- digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
- ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen);
- ketoconazole (Nizoral);
- iron (Feosol, Mol-Iron, Fergon, Femiron, others); or
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).
There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Generic "Prevacid". Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Keep all appointments with your doctor. Do not let anyone else take your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.