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All about: Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules

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Generic Name: Lansoprazole Delayed-Release Capsules (lan-SOE-pra-zole)
Brand Name: Prevacid

Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules is used for:

Preventing or treating certain types of ulcers. It is also used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (eg, heartburn) and irritation of the esophagus. It is also used to treat conditions that cause your body to make too much stomach acid (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules is a proton pump inhibitor. It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Do NOT use Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules
  • you are taking an HIV protease inhibitor (eg, atazanavir)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules:

Some medical conditions may interact with Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems or stomach or bowel cancer

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Clarithromycin or voriconazole because they may increase the risk of Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules's side effects
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or digoxin because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules
  • Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir), iron, or theophylline because their effectiveness may be decreased by Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules:

Use Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules by mouth on an empty stomach before eating.
  • Swallow Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, open it and sprinkle the granules on 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of applesauce, Ensure pudding, cottage cheese, yogurt, or strained pears. Swallow at once. Do not chew or crush the granules. Do not store the mixture for use at a later time.
  • You may also open the capsule and sprinkle the granules into 2 oz (60 mL) apple juice, orange juice, or tomato juice. Mix briefly, then swallow at once. Do not chew or crush the granules. Do not store the mixture for use at a later time. After you take your dose, rinse the glass with at least 4 oz (120 mL) of juice and swallow to be sure you have received all of the medicine.
  • Do NOT mix Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules with other foods or liquids.
  • You make take antacids while you are using Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules if you are directed to do so by your doctor.
  • If you are also taking an imidazole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole), take it at least 2 hours before taking Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules.
  • If you also take sucralfate, take Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules at least 30 minutes before taking sucralfate.
  • Continue to take Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules.

Important safety information:

  • Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing.
  • Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules.
  • Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules should be used with caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in these patients.
  • Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules while you are pregnant. It is not known if Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules.

Possible side effects of Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; headache; nausea; stomach pain.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizure; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules:

Store Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsules. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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