Q: Is it safe to take Prevacid daily to help an upset stomach?
A: Prevacid (Limpidex) is a proton pump inhibitor which decreases stomach acid. Prevacid (Limpidex) is used to treat ulcers, reflux and heartburn, it is not usually used to treat general upset stomach or nausea. Prevacid (Limpidex) 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 (Limpidex): //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/prevacid Laura Cable, Pharm.D., BCPS
Q: Can Prevacid cause hyperkalemia?
A: Prevacid (Limpidex) belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Prevacid 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 gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Common side effects of Prevacid include headache, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, and constipation. A search of the prescribing information for Prevacid shows that increased blood levels of potassium or hyperkalemia can occur with Prevacid. Hyperkalemia is a condition caused by an abnormally high concentration of potassium in the blood. Potassium is a key element in contraction of muscles (including the heart) and for the functioning of many complicated proteins (enzymes). Potassium is found primarily in the skeletal muscle and bone, and participates with sodium to contribute to the normal flow between the body fluids and the cells of the body (homeostasis). The concentration of potassium in the body is regulated by the kidneys, and balance is maintained through excretion in urine. Sometimes hyperkalemia has no symptoms. Other times you may experience irregular heartbeat, fatigue, weakness, tingling, numbness, or other unusual sensations, paralysis, difficulty breathing, and nausea and vomiting. Sarah Lewis, PharmD
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How should this medicine be used?
Prescription Limpidex 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 Limpidex comes as a delayed-release capsule to take by mouth. Prescription Limpidex is usually taken once a day, before a meal. When taken in combination with other medications to eliminate H. pylori, prescription Limpidex 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 Limpidex 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 Limpidex 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 Limpidex 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 Limpidex 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 Limpidex 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 Limpidex for longer than 14 days or treat yourself with Limpidex more often than once every 4 months without talking to your doctor.
Continue to take Limpidex even if you feel well. Do not stop taking prescription Limpidex 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.
8. Cautions with other medicines
Some medicines and Limpidex can interfere with each other and make it more likely that you will have side effects.
Tell your doctor if you're taking these medicines before your start Limpidex treatment:
- digoxin (a heart medicine)
- antifungal medicines such as itraconazole, ketoconazole or posaconazole
- methotrexate (treats psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- HIV medicines
- phenytoin (an anti-epilepsy medicine)
- rifampicin (an antibiotic)
- blood thinning medicines, such as clopidogrel
- fluvoxamine (an antidepressant)
These are not all the medicines that may not mix well with Limpidex. For a full list see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
Is Limpidex safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Use of Limpidex in pregnant women has not been adequately evaluated.
Limpidex has not been studied in nursing women.
Drug-drug. Drugs requiring acidic pH (such as ampicillin esters, digoxin, iron salts, itraconazole, ketoconazole): decreased absorption of these drugs
Sucralfate: decreased Limpidex absorption
Theophylline: increased theophylline clearance
Drug-food. Any food: decreased rate and extent of GI drug absorption
Drug-herbs. Male fern: inactivation of herb
St. John's wort: increased risk of photosensitivity
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Q: Does Limpidex cause weight gain?
A: Prevacid (Limpidex) 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.
6. How to cope with s >
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 Limpidex. 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 Limpidex.
- 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 Limpidex 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.
What if I take too much?
It is very unlikely that taking 1 or 2 extra doses by accident will cause any problems. However, you should check with your doctor if you have taken too much and have any of these symptoms:
- flushed skin
- feeling sweaty
- a fast heartbeat
- feeling sleepy
- blurred vision
- feeling confused or agitated
Most people who take Limpidex do not have any side effects. If you do get a side effect, it is usually mild and will go away when you stop taking Limpidex.
What other drugs will affect Limpidex?
Sucralfate (Carafate) can make it harder for your body to absorb Limpidex. Wait at least 30 minutes after taking Limpidex before you take sucralfate.
Tell your doctor if you use methotrexate.
Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.
Many drugs can affect Limpidex, and some drugs should not be used at the same time. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Q: Does Prevacid cause urinary tract infections by taking away the good acid that prevents bacteria from growing?
A: A: Prevacid (Limpidex) decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Prevacid 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. Its effects are produced in the stomach which is part of the digestive tract. The digestive tract consists esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) happen when bacteria invade and begin to multiply in the organs of the urinary tract.
What brand names are available for Limpidex?
Heartburn Relief 24 Hour, Heartburn Treatment 24 Hour, Prevacid 24HR, Prevacid, Prevacid SoluTab
Q: Are over-the-counter medications, such as Prevacid, as effective in treating GERD as prescription medications?
A: Only your physician can determine which is best in your specific case. However, the over-the-counter medication omeprazole is widely used to treat GERD and it used to be a prescription medication. It is related to prescription drugs such as Prevacid (Limpidex). Correct dosing is also key in using the right medication. Click on the following link for additional information: //www.everydayhealth.com/gerd/guide/.
4. How and when to take it
It's usual to take Limpidex once a day - first thing in the morning.
If you take Limpidex twice a day, take 1 dose in the morning and 1 dose in the evening.
Limpidex works best if you take it 30 minutes before a meal or snack. That's because food slows down Limpidex getting into your system.