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Prevacid
Generic Name: Lansoprazole
Pronounced: lan-SOE-pruh-zole
Drug Class: Proton pump inhibitor (PPI),
  Stomach acid reducer
IMPORTANT NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS ONLY INTENDED TO SUPPLEMENT, NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR, THE EXPERTISE AND JUDGMENT OF YOUR PHYSICIAN, PHARMACIST OR OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CONDITION. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE CONStrUED TO STATE OR IMPLY THAT USE OF THE DRUG IS SAFE, APPROPRIATE, OR EFFECTIVE FOR YOUR CONDITION. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE USING THIS OR ANY OTHER DRUG. Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Uses This medication is used to treat ulcers, heartburn, reflux disease (GERD), or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This medication may also be used for some other conditions determined by your doctor. How Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Works This medication inhibits an enzyme system in the lining of the stomach and blocks stomach acid production, allowing for gastrointestinal healing and heartburn relief. How To Take Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Follow the doctor's directions. Take this medicine 30 minutes before eating. Swallow the capsule with 8 ounces of water. Do not crush or chew the tablet before swallowing. Take This medication at the same time each day, unless your doctor as tells you otherwise. Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Possible Side Effects This medication is generally well-tolerated. The most common side effect reported was headache, dizziness, diarrhea, rash and cough. Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Warnings and Precautions Because of the possiblity of dizziness, Do NOT drive a car or perform other potentially dangerous activities until you are certain how you will react to this medication. Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Drug Interactions Changes in the amount of stomach acid by This medication may affect Some drugs, like ketoconazole (Nizoral) and digoxin (Lanoxin.) Antacids may slow the amount and rate of this drugs absorption. Ritonavir(Norvir), sucralfate (Carafate), and theophylline (Theo-Dur, others) may interact with Lansoprazole. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you more information on this. Missed Dose If you miss a dose, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take double doses. Storage Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw out medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Pregnancy/Nursing Precautions The safety and efficacy of this medication for use in pregnant women has not been clearly established. If you are, or plan on becoming pregnant, consult your doctor about the use of this medication during pregnancy. This medication may be excreted into breast milk. Avoid nursing while taking this medication.


Dietary Supplement Recommendations

Anyone taking prescription or non-prescription medications for heartburn, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) should consider some dietary supplements that have been shown to help the symptoms. Keep in mind that the problem isn't necessarily too much stomach acid. Food digestion requires acid to complete the process. The real problem is that your excess stomach acid isn't staying in the stomach. Supplementing Betaine HCl during a meal has been shown to reduce or eliminate GERD, reflux and heartburn symptoms in many patients. Betaine HCl is a digestive enzyme. Taken during your meal, Betaine HCl helps your stomach digest the food you eat. Supplementing Acidophilus can reduce or alleviate the heartburn and other symptoms. The powder or chewable tablet forms work best because the product needs to actually be on the affected area of your esophagus. The assumption is made that these friendly bacteria actually absorb or digest the excess stomach acid. Adding extra calcium and other minerals such as magnesium have been reported to lower the acidity and also provide symptomatic relief.

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