Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) also known as acid reflux is an abnormal flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. Reports from the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) states that approximately 33% of the American population suffers from acid reflux disease.
Acid reflux disease is caused by a dysfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter / valve, which prevents food and acids from the stomach to flow back into the esophagus. PREVACID has been created to control this disorder by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. PREVACID also heals acid damage to the stomach and esophagus; helps prevent ulcers and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus.
How to Take PREVACID
Follow all prescription instructions from your doctor when taking PREVACID. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Take PREVACID before your meal.
How to Take PREVACID Delayed-Release Capsules
- Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush or chew these tablets.
- If you have difficulty swallowing the capsule, open it and pour its content in a glass of water, juice namely, apple juice, orange juice or tomato juice or certain foods namely, applesauce, ENSURE pudding, cottage cheese, yogurt or strained pears ONLY. Eat or drink this immediately.
- Mix the content of the capsule into 60ml of the juice and drink.
To take PREVACID through a nasogastric tube (NG tube) 16 French or larger, using apple juice only.
- Empty granules from the capsule into a syringe
- Do not break or crush these granules.
- Mix with 40 ml of apple juice only.
- Attach the syringe to the NG tube and apply the medicine in the syringe into the stomach through the NG tube.
- Clear the NG tube of granules using apple juice.
PREVACID SoluTab Delayed-Release Orally Disintegrating Tablets
- This is a melt-in-your mouth tablet with or without water.
- It is neither to be crushed nor chewed.
- Swallow after the tablet has dissolved (usually after 1 minute).
PREVACID SoluTab Delayed-Release Orally Disintegrating Tablets using a syringe:
- Add 4ml of water in an oral syringe to 15mg tablet or add 19ml of water to a 30mg tablet in an oral syringe.
- Gently shake the syringe to dissolve the tablet.
- Take this mixture within 15 minutes
- Ensure that the entire dose is taken by refilling the syringe with 2ml (5ml for 30mg tablet) of water and shake gently and take the water in the syringe.
PREVACID SoluTab Delayed-Release Orally Disintegrating Tablets using a nasogastric tube (NG tube) 8 French or larger:
If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible. Otherwise skip it if it closer to the time for your next dose and take that one at its regular time. Never take 2 doses at the same time. Consult your doctor if you have overdosed on this medication.
- Place a 15mg tablet in a syringe and add 4ml of water or a 30mg tablet in a syringe and add 10ml of water.
- Gently shake the syringe to dissolve the tablet.
- Refill the syringe with roughly 5ml of water and shake gently then flush the NG tube.
How to Store PREVACID
Keep all medications out of the reach and sight of children. Store PREVACID at room between 20°C and 25°C (68°F and 77°F).
Side Effects and Safety Information
PREVACID may cause the following side effects which may be dangerous and need medical attention:
- Lowered magnesium levels in your body.
- Abnormal or rapid heartbeat
- Weakness or cramps of the muscles
- Spasms of the voice box
- Allergic reactions such as rashes, swelling of the face, tightness of the throat or difficulty breathing
- Bone fractures
Milder side effects include:
- Stomach pain
Do not give PREVACID to other people although they may have the same symptoms. This may harm them.
Interaction with Other Drugs
There are certain medications that will interact with PREVACID. Let your doctor know of your complete medical history including all prescribed, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements.
Inform your doctor if you take the following medication:
- Atazanavir (Reyataz)
- Digoxin (Lanoxin)
- Products containing iron
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
- Tacrolimus (Prograf)
- Theophylline (theo-24, elixophyllin, theochron, theolair)
I have been taking PREVACID for over 12 years. It works very well. If I miss taking it I get awful heartburn and nothing else seems to work as well. Even when I fill my RX online, I’m still satisfied with the drug. It’s fantastic.
Blaine Anderson, Bakersfield USA
I’ve been using PREVACID for years for reflux esophagus and it has given me the relief I needed. I was suffering severe reflux and terrible burning. It gives me a good way to digest my food, water, etc.
Vincente Tracey, Cleveland USA
I have tried many different drugs for my acid reflux. I am a singer and had damage of my throat from excessive acid. I was not being able to sing at all. My doctor prescribed PREVACID 30mg. I have had healing of my throat; I am no longer hoarse all the time, and am able to sing again. I have tried PREVACID 15mg over-the-counter and it does not work for me so I get the 30mg at my doctor’s recommend online pharmacy. A major plus, since this saves me a lot of time and money. Otherwise, my insurance company will not pay for the prescription PREVACID 30mg. Shame on UnitedHealth Care and Blue Cross/Blue Shield Alliance! My doctor knows what is best for his patients, not you!
Shugg Suhoski, Wichita USA
I got off the Nexium after trying over the counter products for less money- The PREVACID was recommended by the pharmacist saying it is the next best thing to Nexium. I’ve been on it for a week and it is working as well as the Nexium. I have GERD and if I go one day without it I am suffering- so this has worked out well for me.
Allison Wickus, Tulsa USA