Prevacid (Lansoprazole 15 mg)
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The medication sold as Prevacid is also known as Lansoprazole and many other names as its formula is no longer protected by the copyright and can be used by different manufacturers of drugs. The medication is used for various digestive tract conditions such as stomach and/or duodenum ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and others. It can be used by adults over 18 years of age and is contraindicated in children and pregnant women. Find out more about the drug from the comprehensive guide below.
What is Prevacid?
The name Prevacid is nothing more than a trademark registered for the active substance Lansoprazole first synthesized in 1984 and marketed in 1991. The medication was developed by a pharmaceutical company Takeda that was the only one to produce the drug for some time. Then, the patent expired and other companies became able to use the same formula to make their own medications based on Lansoprazole. You can find these drugs if you look for a way to buy Generic Prevacid. It is preferable for many people to purchase so-called generics as these medications have the same effect but are cheaper than the medicines with well-known trade names.
The medication is used for non-ulcer dyspepsia, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, benign gastric ulcer, erosive-ulcerative esophagitis, and other conditions about which you can read below in the corresponding section.
How is the therapeutic effect of Prevacid achieved?
The main property of the medication is an antiulcer effect that is achieved through the blocking of the final stage of the production of the hydrochloric acid. It lowers the production of the gastric acid at rest and a stimulated one, i.e. after the intake of food, beverages, insulin, pentagastrin, and so on. The speed of the medication’s effect development, as well as its potency, depends on the dosage. For instance, in the use of 15 mg, the maximum effect is achieved within two-three hours and the effect of gastric acidity suppression is around 80%. In the intake of 30 mg, the effect is achieved within one to two hours and the suppression of production of hydrochloric acid is 97%. The restoring of a previous rate of secretion of hydrochloric acid is observed within 30-38 hours after the discontinuation of the pills’ use. In people with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, the effect lasts longer.
Besides, the medication also suppresses the production of pepsin and renders gastroprotective effect through the increased oxygenation of the mucosa and increased secretion of bicarbonates. It also suppresses the growth of Helicobacter pylori, bacteria that cause the ulcers development, as it promotes the formation of specific antigens and increases the anti-Helicobacter pylori activity of other drugs. On top of that, it inhibits the motor-evacuation function of the stomach. The oppression of secretion is accompanied by an increase in the number of nitrosobacteria and an increase in the concentration of nitrates in the gastric secretion. Ensures faster healing and relieving of symptoms of duodenum ulcers and is effective in the therapy of gastric and duodenum ulcers resistant to the therapy with H2 receptor blockers so you can buy Prevacid to use it if the previous therapy used was ineffective.
The medication penetrates the tissues, and especially the gastric lining well. It is metabolized in the liver and is excreted mainly in bile and in a smaller amount in urine.
Can you buy Generic Prevacid and use it when your healthcare provider prescribed you the branded drug?
If you choose the right generic from a reliable generic making company, you should not worry about its efficiency as it is the same as the efficiency of the brand-name drug. For instance, the generic medications Rxshop sells are identical to the branded medications with the same active substances, which is duly documented and we can provide you with the copies of the certificates.
But if you decide to buy Generic Lansoprazole from another online pharmacy, make sure to examine the drug description or preferably, the package of pills (you can ask pharmacists to show you the pictures) to be sure that the active ingredient of the pills is Lansoprazole and you are buying the right dosage depending on your condition (15 mg per pill or 30 mg per pill) and the expiry date.
When should you buy Prevacid or its generic?
Your doctor can prescribe you to buy Lansoprazole if you suffer from a benign disease of the stomach which results in ulceration of the stomach walls or duodenum, for non-ulcer dyspepsia, erosive-ulcerative esophagitis, reflux esophagitis, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and Helicobacter pylori infection treatment along with antibiotics.
You can suspect that you have some of these conditions if you suffer from frequent pains in the upper abdomen, burping, heartburn, and even the casting of gastric juice in the mouth with or without pieces of undigested food. Besides, you may suffer from irregular stool or a black stool which can be a sign of ulcer bleeding. In any case, if you have any digestive tract troubles that last for more than a week, visit a doctor instead of buying the first medication that caught your attention to suppress the symptoms as doing this you can temporarily get rid of the symptoms but neglect the main condition and if there is a malignant process or bleeding, this self-treatment can cost you your life.
When shouldn’t you buy Prevacid or its generic?
The medication is strictly contraindicated to be used during the first trimester of pregnancy and during lactation, in malignant tumors of the digestive tract, hypersensitivity to the medication’s components and hypersensitivity to other substituted benzimidazoles.
Use the medication cautiously if your doctor prescribes it to you and you suffer from liver dysfunction, are aged younger than 18 or older than 65. If you fall into one of these groups of patients and notice any adverse effects after the medication use when you order Prevacid and start using it, discontinue the therapy immediately and consult a doctor.
What side effects can Prevacid provoke?
The negative symptoms of the medication use include diarrhea, increased or decreased appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, nonspecific ulcerative colitis, candidiasis of the gastrointestinal tract, headache; feeling of indisposition, dizziness, drowsiness, depression, anxiety, cough, pharyngitis, rhinitis, inflammation or infection of the upper respiratory tract, skin rash, flu-like syndrome, myalgia, and others. For the full list please refer to the official label of the medication.
Precautions to follow when using Prevacid
First of all, before you order Generic Prevacid and start the therapy you need to undergo respective examination in case your doctor suspects ulcer, malignant tumor, or other serious condition to be causing the symptoms you have. Secondly, you need to talk to your doctor about the possibility of using other medicines with this drug if you use any as some of the interactions are inadmissible or can lower the medication’s effect so the dosage adjustment or certain regime must be followed.
Interactions with Prevacid
Prevacid is contraindicated to be combined with Atazanavir.
The medication slows down the excretion of other medicines that are metabolized in the liver, for instance, diazepam and anticoagulants.
It also lowers the clearance of Theophylline.
Prevacid and its generics can influence the absorption of certain medications which absorption depends on the acidity of the stomach juice.
The bioavailability of Prevacid and its generics is lowered by 30% by the use of Sucralfate but it can be avoided if the interval between these medicines use is 30-40 minutes.
Antacid medications slow down and lower the absorption of Lansoprazole but it can be avoided if they are taken one hour before this drug or two hours after it.
How to take Lansoprazole?
Before you order Lansoprazole, you should consult your doctor and follow his or her recommendations on the medication use. Here you can find the general recommendations on the pills intake taken from the official label.
The pills are taken orally without chewing 30-40 minutes before a meal and washed down with a full glass of water. If it is impossible, for instance, if a patient has trouble swallowing the capsules, it should be carefully opened and dissolved in a small amount of apple juice (one tablespoon) and swallow immediately.
The maximum daily dosage is 60 mg, for people with liver dysfunction – 30 mg. If the daily dosage should be split into two intakes, the first dose is taken before breakfast and the second one before dinner.
If you missed the dose, you need to take it as soon as possible unless it’s already time for the next intake, then, take a single dose.
The ulcer of the duodenum in the active phase is treated with 30 mg taken once a day for two-four weeks. The treatment course for ulcers caused by NSAIDs is from four to eight weeks.
The active ulcer of the stomach is treated with 3030 mg taken once a day for eight weeks.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease of moderate to severe severity is treated with 30 mg taken once a day for four weeks. If the effect is insufficient, the treatment can be continued for four more weeks.
The treatment of Helicobacter pylori is made with 60 mg a day split into two intakes and accompanied by the use of special antibiotics. The treatment duration is from one to two weeks.
For Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, the dosage is selected individually so that the basal secretion of the gastric acid wouldn’t exceed 10 mmol per hour. The recommended initial dosage is 60 mg once a day before breakfast. The daily dosages over 120 mg should be split into two intakes. The treatment is continued until the elimination of symptoms.
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