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PREVACID (Lanso) delayed-release capsules, for oral use
PREVACID (Lanso) delayed-release orally disintegrating tablets
Capsules: 15 and 30 mg. Oral suspension: in 15 and 30 mg unit dose cartons of 30. Lanso also is available in 15 and 30 mg tablets that disintegrate when placed under the tongue (Prevacid SoluTab). Lanso is available for intravenous injection in vials containing 30 mg of powdered Lanso (30 mg/5 ml when mixed with sterile water).
Prevacid is marketed under the brand names Prevacid, Prevacid 24hour, and Prevacid Solutab.
Lanso is also available under the name First-Lanso.
Regular Prevacid capsules are available in 15 and 30 milligrams (mg). Prevacid 24hour and Prevacid Solutab are delayed release drugs that also come in both 15 and 30 mg.
Prevacid SoluTab dissolves under the tongue. First-Lanso is a powder that is made into an oral suspension.
Prevacid 24hour should be taken only once every 24 hours for 14 days. It may take up to four days for the full effect.
Do not take more than one tablet every 24 hours.
If you are taking the over-the-counter medication, stop taking after 14 days and call your doctor if there has been no change in your condition.
Allow at least four months before starting another 14-day treatment with Prevacid 24hour.
Call your doctor if you have additional symptoms and need treatment before the four months have passed.
Consult a doctor before giving Prevacid to a child. Children under age 1 should not take this drug.
More common side effects
The more common side effects of Lanso can include:
- stomach pain
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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What to do about:
- headaches - make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Do not drink too much alcohol. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a painkiller. Headaches should usually go away after the first week of taking Lanso. Talk to your doctor if they last longer than a week or are severe.
- feeling sick - it may help if you don't eat rich or spicy food while you're taking Lanso.
- diarrhoea or being sick (vomiting) - drink plenty of water by having small, frequent sips to avoid dehydration. Signs of dehydration include peeing less than usual or having strong-smelling pee. Do not take any other medicines to treat diarrhoea or vomiting without speaking to a pharmacist or doctor.
- stomach pain - try to rest and relax. It can help to eat and drink slowly and have smaller and more frequent meals. Putting a heat pad or covered hot water bottle on your stomach may also help. If you are in a lot of pain, speak to your pharmacist or doctor.
- constipation - eat more high-fibre foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables and cereals, and drink plenty of water. Try to exercise more regularly, for example, by going for a daily walk or run. If this doesn't help, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
- wind - steer clear of foods that cause wind like lentils, peas, beans and onions. It might also help to eat smaller and more frequent meals, eat and drink slowly, and exercise regularly. Some pharmacy remedies, such as simethicone, may help relieve the symptoms of wind.
- itchy skin rashes - it may help to take an antihistamine which you can buy from a pharmacy. Check with the pharmacist to see what type is suitable for you.
- feeling dizzy or tired - if Lanso makes you feel dizzy or tired, stop what you're doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Do not drive or use tools or machinery if you're feeling tired. Do not drink alcohol as it will make you feel worse.
- dry mouth or throat - chew sugar-free gum or sugar-free sweets.
How should this medicine be used?
Prescription Lanso comes as a delayed-release (releases the medication in the intestine to prevent break-down of the medication by stomach acids) capsule and as a delayed-release orally disintegrating (dissolving) tablet to take by mouth. Nonprescription Lanso comes as a delayed-release capsule to take by mouth. Prescription Lanso is usually taken once a day, before a meal. When taken in combination with other medications to eliminate H. pylori, prescription Lanso is taken twice a day (every 12 hours) or three times a day (every 8 hours), before a meal, for 10 to 14 days. Nonprescription Lanso is usually taken once a day, in the morning before eating for 14 days. If needed, additional 14-day treatments may be repeated, not more often than once every 4 months. Take Lanso at around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Lanso exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often or for a longer time than prescribed by your doctor or stated on the package. Tell your doctor if you have taken nonprescription Lanso for a longer period of time than stated on the package.
Swallow the prescription capsules whole; do not split, chew, or crush them. If you have difficulty swallowing capsules, you may open the capsule, sprinkle the granules on 1 tablespoon of applesauce, Ensure pudding, cottage cheese, yogurt, or strained pears and swallow the mixture immediately without chewing. You can also open a capsule and pour the contents into 2 ounces (60 milliliters) of orange juice, apple juice or tomato juice, mix briefly, and swallow immediately. After you swallow the mixture, rinse the glass with some additional juice and drink immediately. Then rinse the glass with juice at least two more times and drink the juice to be sure that you wash all the medication out of the glass.
Swallow the nonprescription capsules whole with a glass of water. Do not split, chew, or crush them.
Do not break, cut or chew the orally disintegrating tablets. Place a tablet on your tongue and wait up to one minute for it to dissolve. After the tablet dissolves, swallow it with or without water. If you cannot swallow the tablet, you may place it in an oral syringe, draw up 4 mL of water for a 15 mg tablet or 10 mL of water for a 30-mg tablet, shake the syringe gently to dissolve the tablet, and squirt the contents into your mouth immediately. Then draw an additional 2 mL of water into the syringe, shake gently, and squirt that water into your mouth. Do not swallow the mixture more than 15 minutes after you dissolve the tablet.
The capsule contents and orally disintegrating tablets can both be given through a feeding tube. If you have a feeding tube, ask your doctor how you should take the medication. Follow these directions carefully.
Do not take nonprescription Lanso for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. It may take 1 to 4 days for you to feel the full benefit of the medication. Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse or do not improve after 14 days or if your symptoms return sooner than 4 months after you finish your treatment. Do not take nonprescription Lanso for longer than 14 days or treat yourself with Lanso more often than once every 4 months without talking to your doctor.
Continue to take Lanso even if you feel well. Do not stop taking prescription Lanso without talking to your doctor. If your condition does not improve or gets worse, call your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a copy of the manufacturer's information for the patient.
Mixing Lanso with herbal remedies and supplements
Do not take St John's wort, the herbal remedy for depression, while you're taking Lanso. St John's wort may stop Lanso working as well as it should.
Liquid Lanso can be prescribed and made to order for children and people who cannot swallow capsules or tablets. It will come with a syringe or spoon to help you take the right amount. If you don't have a syringe or spoon, ask your pharmacist for one. Do not use a kitchen teaspoon as it will not give the right amount.
Q: Are there any other medications you can take along with Prevacid for reflux when the Prevacid is not working as well?
A: Prevacid (Lanso) decreases the amount of acid the stomach produces. It belongs to the class of drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors (or PPIs). The two other major classes of drugs used for reflux are histamine blockers (also called H2 blockers) and antacids. These drugs all work to reduce stomach acid, with the PPIs having the greatest effect. There are several possible reasons for the lack of effect from Prevacid. Have any new medications been added to your daily routine? Some medications can cause problems that make the symptoms of reflux worse by weakening the esophageal sphincter, increasing inflammation, or slowing digestion. It is also possible that you have an infection in your gastrointestinal tract. The bacteria, H. pyLori Mendoza, PharmD, is often associated with reflux. As recommended by the American College of Gastroenterology, the treatment to get rid of H. pyLori Mendoza, PharmD infection includes a PPI and two antibiotics. Please consult with your health care provider who understands your full medical condition for more information about these possibilities and appropriate treatment for you. Other ways to help reduce reflux and its symptoms include eating smaller meals more frequently, not eating for two hours before bedtime, and avoiding fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine, and peppermint. For more information on reflux, please visit //www.everydayhealth.com/gerd/guide/. Michelle McDermott, PharmD
Q: Does Lanso cause weight gain?
A: Prevacid (Lanso) is a proton pump inhibitor frequently used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) and stomach/duodenal ulcers. Most common side effects with Prevacid include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and constipation. Additional side effects with Prevacid occurring in less than 1% of patients include weight gain, weight loss, anorexia, and increased appetite. These are not all the possible side effects of Prevacid. For a complete list, ask your doctor or pharmacist.