Prevacid (Lansoprazole)

Lansoprazole (Prevacid) is a medicine (proton pump inhibitor) that blocks the production of stomach acid. Prevacid is used for short-term treatment of stomach and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and erosive esophagitis.

How should it be used?

This medication is available in both a capsule and tablet that dissolves in your mouth.

  • Take before meals.
  • Swallow capsule whole. Do not crush or chew granules.
  • If it is difficult to swallow the capsule, open and sprinkle granules on one tablespoon of applesauce, pudding, cottage cheese, yogurt, or strained pears and swallow right away. Granules can also be mixed with 2 ounces of orange or tomato juice.
  • Oral SoluTabs can be taken by placing each tablet on the tongue. Swallow with or without water. Do not chew tablet. Tablet can be dissolved in water and given to child in an oral syringe.

Special Precautions/Instructions

Before you start taking this medicine tell you doctor about any of the following:

  • All of the medications (including over the counter), vitamins, herbal products, and supplements that you take before beginning this medication.
  • Have a problem (hypersensitivity) to lanzoprazole, substituted benzimidazoles, or any other ingredient in the capsule or dissolving tabs:
    • – Prevacid capsules contain: lansoprazol, hydroxypropyl cellulose, low substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium carbonate, methacrylic acid copolymer, starch, talc, sugar sphere, sucrose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, titanium dioxide, hydroxypropyl cellulose, low substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium carbonate, methacrylic acid copolymer, starch, talc, sugar sphere, sucrose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, and titanium dioxide.
    • Prevacid Solu-Tabs contain: lansoprazol, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium carbonate, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, talc, mannitol, methacrylic acid, polyacrylate, polyethylene glycol, glyceryl monostearate, polysorbate 80, triethyl citrate, ferric oxide, citric acid, crospovidone, aspartame, artificial strawberry flavor and magnesium stearate.
  • Are allergic to any other proton pump inhibitor medication
  • Have liver problems
  • Are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Side Effects

The most common side effects include: diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain.

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience signs of an allergic reaction including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling sick
  • Fever, shivering/chills, rash
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Kidney problems (changes in the amount of urine or color of urine)
  • Tiredness, dizziness
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Trouble breathing

Additional side effects may be found on the drug’s website: http://www.prevacid.com

Storage Conditions

This medication should be stored at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children. Protect from sunlight and moisture.

Emergency/Overdose

Call the national poison control center 1-800-222-1222 or 911 in the event of overdose. Symptoms of an overdose include vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection.

Pediatric Use

The safety and efficacy of this drug in pediatric patients less than 1 year of age have not been established.