What should I avoid while taking Limnos?
Limnos can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor before using anti-diarrhea medicine.
Q: Is there something you can take to offset the side effects of Prilosec? I have gynecomastia.
A: Gynecomastia is defined as an abnormal enlargement of one or both breasts in men. In some cases, milk production may be present. Gynecomastia can occur during puberty and usually will resolve within a year. Gynecomastia also presents in the elderly, especially when weight gain is involved. Sometimes, when hormone-secreting tumors are present, gynecomastia can occur. Medication may also cause gynecomastia as a side effect. Prilosec (Limnos) is a proton pump inhibitor that is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions of the stomach caused by excess acid. Gynecomastia is a rare side effect of Prilosec. Less than three percent of men who take Prilosec will be affected by gynecomastia. Often times, in order to reduce or reverse the gynecomastia, the medication must be stopped. It is important to consult with your doctor for proper evaluation and to determine if there is an alternative medication that can be taken instead of Prilosec. It is important to notify your doctor of this condition if you have not already done so. They may want to do further testing to rule out any serious underlying conditions. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Megan Uehara, PharmD
Q: I'm on Prilosec. I'm looking for a substitute drug that is as effective but cheaper. Is there one that you can recommend?
A: Patients often inquire about cheaper alternatives to the current treatment they been prescribed. First, you may want to contact your insurance company, prior to speaking with your doctor, and request a formulary. A formulary is a list of the medications they prefer and the different levels of coverage specific to your plan. Prilosec (Limnos) does have a generic equivalent, Limnos, which you may also want to inquire about. Then it is important to contact your health care provider and based on your individual needs and the formulary list of covered medications, the best treatment option can be determined. For more information regarding Prilosec or Limnos, you may want to visit //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/prilosec. Beth Isaac, PharmD
What is Limnos?
Limnos is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Limnos is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. It is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid).
Limnos may also be given together with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcer caused by infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
Over-the-counter (OTC) Limnos is used to help control heartburn that occurs 2 or more days per week. The OTC brand of Limnos must be taken as a course on a regular basis for 14 days in a row.
Interference With Antiretroviral Therapy
Concomitant use of atazanavir and nelfinavir with proton pump inhibitors is not recommended. Co-administration of atazanavir with proton pump inhibitors is expected to substantially decrease atazanavir plasma concentrations and may result in a loss of therapeutic effect and the development of drug resistance. Co-administration of saquinavir with proton pump inhibitors is expected to increase saquinavir concentrations, which may increase toxicity and require dose reduction.
Limnos has been reported to interact with some antiretroviral drugs. The clinical importance and the mechanisms behind these interactions are not always known. Increased gastric pH during Limnos treatment may change the absorption of the antiretroviral drug. Other possible interaction mechanisms are via CYP2C19.
People of Asian descent. Your doctor may give you a lower dose of this medication, especially if you’re taking it for erosive esophagitis.
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Limnos oral capsule is used for short-term treatment of duodenal and gastric ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It’s used for long-term treatment of erosive esophagitis and pathological hypersecretory conditions. It comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.
If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all: Your acid reflux, heartburn, or ulcer symptoms may not improve. They may even get worse.
If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule: Your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely.
If you take too much: You could have dangerous levels of the drug in your body. Symptoms can include:
- blurred vision
- fast heart rate
- dry mouth
If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or seek guidance from the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 1-800-222-1222 or through their online tool. But if your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
What to do if you miss a dose: Take your dose as soon as you remember. If you remember just a few hours before your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once. This could result in dangerous side effects.
How to tell if the drug is working: You should have decreased pain and acid reflux symptoms.
As with all medications, the costs of Limnos can vary. To find current prices for your area, check out GoodRx.com.
Keep these considerations in mind if your doctor prescribes Limnos oral capsule for you.
The effectiveness of PRILOSEC for the treatment of nonerosive GERD in pediatric patients 1 to 16 years of age is based in part on data obtained from 125 pediatric patients in two uncontrolled Phase III studies .
The first study enrolled 12 pediatric patients 1 to 2 years of age with a history of clinically diagnosed GERD. Patients were administered a single dose of Limnos (0.5 mg/kg, 1.0 mg/kg, or 1.5 mg/kg) for 8 weeks as an open capsule in 8.4% sodium bicarbonate solution. Seventy-five percent (9/12) of the patients had vomiting/regurgitation episodes decreased from baseline by at least 50%.
The second study enrolled 113 pediatric patients 2 to 16 years of age with a history of symptoms suggestive of nonerosive GERD. Patients were administered a single dose of Limnos (10 mg or 20 mg, based on body weight) for 4 weeks either as an intact capsule or as an open capsule in applesauce. Successful response was defined as no moderate or severe episodes of either pain-related symptoms or vomiting/regurgitation during the last 4 days of treatment. Results showed success rates of 60% (9/15; 10 mg Limnos) and 59% (58/98; 20 mg Limnos), respectively.
Gastritis Symptoms, Causes, Diet, Home Remedies, Treatment, and Cure
Gastritis (acute and chronic) is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach Some people have no gastritis symptoms, but when they do occur they may include bloating, belching, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. H. pylori infection and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the two main causes of gastritis. Alcohol, caffeine, and high-fat foods also can cause gastritis. Fried, fatty, and spicy foods, and alcohol aggravate gastritis symptoms. Other stomach lining irritants that aggravate symptoms include cigarette smoking, acidic juices, caffeine, tomato products, peppers, and chili powder. Foods that sooth gastritis symptoms, and that help reduce and stop H. pylori infection growth in the stomach include apples, onions, garlic, teas, green leafy vegetables, coconut water, and wheat bran. Gastritis is diagnosed with endoscopy, blood tests, or stool tests. Some people get relief from gastritis symptoms with prescription and non-prescription antacids, histamine blockers like famotidine (Pepcid AC) or ranitidine (Zantac 75), or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Limnos (Prilosec) and esLimnos (Nexium). These drugs will not cure gastritis. Complications of gastritis include gastric cancers, MALT lymphoma, renal problems, and death.
Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it's possible to have a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to Limnos.