What is Prevacid
decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
is used to treat and prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers,
erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach
acid), and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid
such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Prevacid
Do not stop taking Prevacid even if you begin to
feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the condition
is fully treated.
What you should find out before taking
Before taking Prevacid, tell your doctor if you ever
have liver disease. You may not be able to take Prevacid,
or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring
The 15 mg and 30 mg Prevacid SoluTabs
contain 2.5 mg and 5.1 mg phenylalanine respectively per
tablet. Individuals with phenylketonuria may need to monitor
their intake of this additive.
Prevacid is in the
FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected
to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Prevacid without
first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether Prevacid passes into breast milk.
Do not take Prevacid without first talking to your doctor
if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should take Prevacid Take Prevacid exactly as directed by your doctor.
If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
dose with a full glass of water.
be taken just before a meal.
If you have difficulty
swallowing, the Prevacid capsules can be opened and the
contents sprinkled onto a tablespoonful of applesauce. The
pellets should be mixed with the applesauce and then swallowed
immediately. The applesauce should not be hot and should
be soft enough to be swallowed without chewing. The pellets
should not be chewed or crushed. The pellet/applesauce mixture
should not be stored for later use. The capsule contents
can also be mixed with ENSURE pudding, cottage cheese, yogurt,
strained pears, or apple, orange, tomato juice and consumed
immediately. If the pellets are mixed with juice, after
consuming the mixture the glass should be rinsed with an
additional two ounces of juice and the contents swallowed
immediately. The granules must not be chewed or crushed.
For patients who have a nasogastric tube in place,
the Prevacid capsules can be opened and the intact granules
mixed in 40 mL of apple juice and injected through the nasogastric
tube into the stomach. After administering the granules,
the nasogastric tube should be flushed with additional apple
juice to clear the tube.
Each packet of Prevacid
for Delayed-Release Oral Suspension should be emptied into
a container containing 2 tablespoons of water. Stir well
and drink the mixture immediately. Do not crush or chew
the granules. After drinking the mixture, add more water,
stir, and drink immediately. Do not use other liquids or
foods to mix the contents of the package.
SoluTabs should be placed on the tongue and allowed to disintegrate
with or without water until the particles can be swallowed.
The Prevacid SoluTabs are not designed to be swallowed intact
or chewed. The tablet typically disintegrates in less than
Do not stop taking Prevacid even if you
begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the
condition is fully treated.
Your doctor may want
to schedule tests or appointments to monitor your treatment
Store Prevacid at room temperature
away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If
it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose
and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not
take a double dose of this medication unless your doctor
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is
Symptoms of an Prevacid overdose are unknown.
Avoid while taking Prevacid There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or
activities while taking Prevacid, unless otherwise directed
by your doctor.
Possible side effects of Prevacid Serious side effects from Prevacid are not common.
Stop taking Prevacid and seek emergency medical attention
if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing;
closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or
face; or hives).
Other, less serious side effects
may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Prevacid and
talk to your doctor if you experience
nausea, or abdominal pain;
- dizziness; or
Side effects other than those listed here
may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect
that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Prevacid Sucralfate (Carafate), which is also used to treat
stomach conditions, will decrease the amount of Prevacid
that is absorbed through the stomach. Prevacid should be
taken at least 30 minutes before sucralfate to prevent an
Some other medications such as ketoconazole
(Nizoral), ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen), digoxin (Lanoxin,
Lanoxicaps), and iron (Feosol, Mol-Iron, Fergon, Femiron)
may have decreased effects because Prevacid hinders their
absorption from the stomach. Tell your doctor if you are
taking any of these medications.
other than those listed here may also interact with Prevacid.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.