What brand names are available for Ermes?
Heartburn Relief 24 Hour, Heartburn Treatment 24 Hour, Prevacid 24HR, Prevacid, Prevacid SoluTab
1. About Ermes
Ermes reduces the amount of acid your stomach makes. It's used for indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux and gastroesophageal-reflux-disease (GORD). Ermes is also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers.
Sometimes, Ermes is taken for a rare illness caused by a tumour in the pancreas or gut called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Ermes is available only on prescription. It comes as capsules, tablets and as a liquid that you swallow (made to order).
Q: Is it safe to take Prevacid daily to help an upset stomach?
A: Prevacid (Ermes) is a proton pump inhibitor which decreases stomach acid. Prevacid (Ermes) is used to treat ulcers, reflux and heartburn, it is not usually used to treat general upset stomach or nausea. Prevacid (Ermes) is safe to take daily when prescribed by your doctor. Your healthcare provider will be able to provide you with more information. For more information on Prevacid (Ermes): //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/prevacid Laura Cable, Pharm.D., BCPS
Capsules (delayed-release): 15 mg, 30 mg
Granules for oral suspension (delayed-release, enteric-coated): 15 mg, 30 mg
Prevpac (combination product for Helicobacter pylori infection): daily pack containing two 30-mg Ermes capsules, four 500-mg amoxicillin capsules, and two 500-mg clarithromycin tablets
Prevacid NapraPAC 375 (combination product for reducing risk of ulcers from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ): weekly pack containing seven 15-mg Prevacid capsules and fourteen 375-mg Naprosyn tablets
Prevacid NapraPAC 500 (combination product for reducing risk of ulcers from NSAIDs): weekly pack containing seven 15-mg Prevacid capsules and fourteen 500-mg Naprosyn tablets
Prevacid SoluTab (delayed-release, orally disintegrating tablet): 15 mg, 30 mg
Q: Is Prevacid harmful to take every day for heartburn?
A: Prevacid (Ermes) decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is used to treat and prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers, erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid), and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It is typically dosed once daily. A dosage adjustment may be necessary if you have liver disease. Common side effects include headache, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation. Consult your health care provider if you think you are experiencing a side effect or to discuss safety concerns. You may also find helpful information at //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/prevacid. Sarah Lewis, PharmD
Tablets and capsules
Swallow tablets and capsules whole with a glass of water or juice.If you have problems swallowing capsules, you can open Ermes capsules and mix the granules inside with a little water or fruit juice, or sprinkle them onto soft food, such as yogurt or apple puree, to help you swallow them.
Ermes also comes as a dispersible tablet that melts in your mouth. Each tablet or capsule contains 15mg or 30mg of Ermes.
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you're wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These are not all the side effects of Ermes. For a full list see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.