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Prevacid Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Prevacid blocks the production of stomach acid. It is used for the short-term treatment of the following conditions such as Stomach ulcer, Duodenal ulcer, Erosive esophagitis, and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The drug is also used for long-term treatment of certain diseases marked by excessive acid production, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Prevacid Dosage

  • If you have severe liver disease, then your doctor will adjust the dosage as needed.
  • For children 12 to 17 years old, the usual starting dose is 15 milligrams once a day for up to 8 weeks.

Uses of Prevacid

  • It is used for the short-term treatment of the following conditions such as Stomach ulcer, Duodenal ulcer, Erosive esophagitis, and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Prevacid

Before taken Prevacid medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Prevacid. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness or headache
  • Nausea

Warnings and precautions before taking Prevacid:

  • You should not take Prevacid any longer than your doctor has prescribed. Because Prevacid should not be used for long-term therapy of duodenal ulcer or erosive esophagitis.
  • If you have liver disease, then you should tell your doctor. Prevacid should be used cautiously.
  • If your symptoms become worse, then you should tell your doctor.
  • You should tell your doctor if you have phenylketonuria and you should also avoid theamino acid phenylalanine, since Prevacid contains this substance.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Prevacid with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Prevacid with the following:

  • Ampicillin
  • Digoxin
  • Iron salts
  • Ketoconazole
  • Sucralfate
  • Theophylline
  • Warfarin
Overdose

After taken Prevacid if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Overdoses of Prevacid are not known to cause any problems.


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