Treatment of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
The doctor may have prescribed Prevacid for another indication or with a dose than that given in this description. Take your medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.
How It Works?
The active ingredient of Prevacid is Lansoprazole, which is a proton pump inhibitor. Proton pump inhibitors reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
How It Is Taken?
The daily dose of Prevacid is 30 mg in one portion. The course of treatment is four weeks. If necessary, you can continue for another two-four weeks.
Is It For Me?
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients. Lansoprazole should not be administered with atazanavir. Co-administration of atazanavir with proton pump inhibitors is not recommended. If the combination of atazanavir with proton pump inhibitors is deemed unavoidable, close clinical monitoring (e.g. virus load) and that the dose of atazanavir increased to 400mg with 100mg of ritonavir.
Prevacid contains sucrose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrose-isomaltase should not use this medicine.
Any Drug Interactions or Incompatibilities?
Antacids (drugs that reduce stomach acidity) containing aluminum hydroxide and magnesium, should be taken two hours after administration of lansoprazole. Patients receiving theophylline should be administered lansoprazole with caution and under strict medical supervision.
What Side Effects Should I Brace Myself For?
Such side effects of Prevacid are rarely observed: diarrhea, constipation, and in even more rare cases skin rash can occur. The drug can cause induction (activation) of different enzyme systems of cytochrome P-450.
Very rare cases of colitis have been reported in patients taking Prevacid. In case of severe and / or persistent diarrhea discontinuation of treatment should be considered.
Severe hypomagnesemia have been reported in patients treated with proton pump inhibitors such as Prevacid. The patients had been treated for at least three months, and in most cases in a year. Serious signs of hypomagnesemia, such as fatigue, tetany, delirium, convulsions, dizziness and ventricular arrhythmias may occur, but symptoms may be insidious and can therefore be overlooked. Most patients with hypomagnesaemia improved after therapy with magnesium and by interrupting treatment with proton pump inhibitors.
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