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Prevacid

Form.

Capsules: 15 milligrams,
Capsules: 30 milligrams;
Oral suspension: 15 milligrams,
Oral suspension: 30 milligrams;
Injection: 30 milligrams/5 milliliters.

No Prescription

Prevacid is prescribed for treating ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.
Prevacid blocks the production of stomach acid. It is prescribed for the short-term treatment (4 to 8 weeks) of the following:

- Duodenal Ulcer (Near The Exit From The Stomach);
- Erosive Esophagitis (Inflammation Of The Esophagus);
- Heartburn And Other Symptoms Of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Also Known As Gerd Which Occurs When Stomach Acid Backs Up Into The Tube Connecting The Throat To The Stomach).;
- Stomach Ulcer;

Once a duodenal ulcer or case of esophagitis has cleared up, the doctor may continue prescribing Prevacid to prevent a relapse. Prevacid is also prescribed to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers in people who develop this problem while taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Motrin, and Naprosyn. The drug is also prescribed for long-term treatment of certain diseases marked by excessive acid production, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Prevacid is also prescribed as part of a combination treatment to eliminate the H. pylori infection that causes most cases of duodenal ulcer.

Dosage.

For initial treatment of duodenal ulcers the recommended dose for adults is 15 milligrams daily for 4 weeks.
For the treatment of GERD, the recommended initial treatment is 15 milligrams for up to 8 weeks.
For maintaining healing (long-term) in duodenal ulcer and GERD the recommended treatment is 15 milligrams daily.
For initial treatment of severe (erosive) esophagitis and gastric ulcer, the recommended dose for adults is 30 milligrams daily for 4-8 weeks.
For the management of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, the starting dose for adults is 60 milligrams daily, and the dose is adjusted based on response.
Doses up to 180 milligrams have been prescribed in some patients with Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.
Intravenous Prevacid is approved for patients who are unable to take oral Prevacid. The approved intravenous dose is 30 milligrams daily for up to 7 days.

It is recommended that capsules be taken before meals for maximum effect. Capsules should be swallowed whole and should not be crushed, split or chewed.

ADULTS

If you have severe liver disease, your doctor will adjust the dosage as needed.

For Short-Term Treatment of Duodenal Ulcer

The usual dose is 15 mg once daily, before eating, for 4 weeks.

To Prevent Relapse of Duodenal Ulcer

Take 15 mg once a day.

To Eradicate Ulcer-causing Bacteria

To eliminate the H. pylori bacteria that cause most duodenal ulcers, Prevacid is taken with amoxicillin alone or amoxicillin and Biaxin. When combined with amoxicillin only, the usual dosage is 30 mg of Prevacid and 1 gram of amoxicillin 3 times daily for 14 days. If all three drugs are used, the usual dosage is 30 mg of Prevacid, 1 gram of amoxicillin, and 500 mg of Biaxin twice daily for 10 to 14 days.

For Short-Term Treatment of Stomach Ulcer

The usual dose is 30 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks.

To Prevent Stomach Ulcer Due to Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

The usual dose is 15 mg once a day for up to 12 weeks.

For Short-Term Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Take 15 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks.

For Short-Term Treatment of Erosive Esophagitis

The usual dose is 30 mg daily, before eating, for up to 8 weeks. Depending on your response to the medication your doctor may suggest another 8-week treatment regimen.

Other Excess Acid Conditions (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome)

The usual starting dose is 60 mg once daily. This dose can be adjusted upward by your doctor, depending on your response. Dosages totaling more than 120 mg a day should be divided into smaller doses.

CHILDREN 12 to 17 YEARS OLD

For Short-Term Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

The usual dose is 15 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks.

For Short-Term Treatment of Erosive Esophagitis

The usual dose is 30 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks.

CHILDREN 1 YEAR TO 11 YEARS OLD

For Short-Term Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or Erosive Esophagitis

Dosage is based on the child's weight. For children weighing 66 pounds or less, the usual dose is 15 mg once a day for up to 12 weeks. For children weighing more than 66 pounds, the usual dose is 30 mg once a day for up to 12 weeks. If the child's symptoms don't improve after 2 or more weeks, the doctor may increase the dose up to a maximum of 30 mg twice a day. Children with severe liver problems will need their dosage adjusted.

Safety and effectiveness have not been studied in children less than 1 year old.

Side Effects.

Prevacid like other PPIs is well-tolerated.

The most common side effects are:
- Abnormal heartbeat;
- Constipation;
- Diarrhea;
- Dizziness;
- Headaches;
- Leg cramps;
- Muscle pain;
- Nausea;
- Nervousness;
- Rash;
- Vomiting;
- Weakness;

Prevacid side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Nausea;
- Dizziness Or Headache (More Common In Children);
- Diarrhea;
- Constipation;
- Abdominal Pain;
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