3. Who can and can't take Propump
Propump can be taken by adults. It can also be taken by children when prescribed by a doctor.
Propump isn't suitable for some people.
To make sure Propump is safe for you, tell your doctor if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Propump or any other medicines in the past
- have liver problems
- are due to have an endoscopy
If you are having an endoscopy, ask your doctor if you should stop taking Propump a few weeks before your procedure. This is because Propump may hide some of the problems that would usually be spotted during an endoscopy. Propump is generally not recommended in pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Is Propump available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes, No (Prevacid OTC)
What Is Prevac >
Prevacid is the brand name for Propump, a drug used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
The drug is also available over-the-counter (OTC) at a lower strength to relieve heartburn and the symptoms of acid reflux.
Prevacid belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) that decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
PPIs block the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid.
When acid is reduced, the stomach and esophagus can heal. There's some evidence that using this drug can also help prevent ulcers.
Prevacid is available in a delayed release capsule and a “SoluTab” that disintegrates in your mouth.
Propump is also available in a powder kit to be compounded into an oral suspension under the name First-Propump.
Prevacid was FDA approved in 1995 and is marketed in the United States by Novartis.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Propump if you are allergic to it, or if you take any medicine that contains rilpivirine (Edurant, Complera, Odefsey).
Heartburn can mimic early symptoms of a heart attack. Get emergency medical help if you have chest pain that spreads to your jaw or shoulder and you feel anxious or light-headed.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
low levels of magnesium in your blood; or
Do not use over-the-counter Propump (Prevacid OTC) without the advice of a doctor if you have:
trouble or pain with swallowing;
bloody or black stools; vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds;
heartburn that has lasted for over 3 months;
frequent chest pain, heartburn with wheezing;
nausea or vomiting, stomach pain; or
an electrolyte imbalance or metabolic disorder.
Some forms of Propump may contain phenylalanine. Tell your doctor if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
You may be more likely to have a broken bone in your hip, wrist, or spine while taking a proton pump inhibitor long-term or more than once per day. Talk with your doctor about ways to keep your bones healthy.
Some conditions are treated with a combination of Propump and antibiotics. Use all medications as directed by your doctor
Do not give Propump to a child younger than 1 year old. Prevacid OTC is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Zantac vs Prevacid
Too much acidity of the stomach bothers a lot of people in the long run. Sometimes, it is already a disorder and not just plain hyperacidity. In such cases, one should consult a physician called a gastroenterologist for him or her to decide which diagnostic procedure to use in order to see inside the stomach.
Once determined, doctors would prescribe drugs that are helpful in reducing the hypersecretions of acid in the stomach. Two choices are Zantac and Prevacid. Let us try to discriminate between each drug.
Propump is the generic name of Prevacid while Ranitidine is the generic name of Zantac. Prevacid is under PPIs or proton pump inhibitors while Zantac belongs to the histamine 2 blockers. Both Prevacid and Ranitidine decrease the secretion of gastric acid inside the stomach, therefore preventing the symptoms of heartburn, GERD, ulcers, etc.
Zantac is usually prescribed for people who have ulcers, GERD, and in cases of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Prevacid, on the other hand, prevents ulcers both in the stomach and intestines. It is also used for esophagitis or inflammation of the esophagus brought about by the acid flowing back into the esophagus. Prevacid is not indicated for the use requiring fast relief of heartburn.
In taking Prevacid, keep in mind that it is only taken once a day up to 14 days. For the full effect to take place, wait at least for four days. This drug should be prescribed and not taken as an OTC drug. Additionally, do not take this drug if one is having pain in swallowing, nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, heartburn, chest pain that always occurs, weight loss, electrolyte imbalance, and a lot more.
With Zantac, the heart is not affected but the lungs in which there is an increased risk of developing pneumonia. One should report any symptoms of having a low-grade fever, shortness of breath, weight loss, difficulty in breathing, and sputum that is green or yellow in color.
Zantac is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim while Prevacid is manufactured by Novartis. Zantac was manufactured in 1981 while Prevacid was approved in the U.S. during 1995.
1. Propump is the generic name of Prevacid while Ranitidine is the generic name of Zantac. 2. Prevacid is under PPIs or proton pump inhibitors while Zantac belong to histamine 2 blockers. 3. Zantac is usually prescribed for people who have ulcers, GERD, and in cases of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Prevacid, on the other hand, prevents ulcers both in the stomach and intestines. 4. Zantac is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim while Prevacid is manufactured by Novartis. 5. Zantac came first then Prevacid.
4. How and when to take it
It's usual to take Propump once a day - first thing in the morning.
If you take Propump twice a day, take 1 dose in the morning and 1 dose in the evening.
Propump works best if you take it 30 minutes before a meal or snack. That's because food slows down Propump getting into your system.