Prevacid is used a drug meant for short term treatment of the stomach ulcers duodenal ulcer, heartburn and other symptoms of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
How to Use Prevacid
The ideal way to use Prevacid is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Prevacid drug is available in the form capsule. You should swallow it whole and should not crush or chew it generally.
In case if you really have problems in swallowing the capsule you may open it and take its content out in and a spoon and consume it with applesauce.
You must not stop taking Prevacid without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Never hesitate to ask questions about Prevacid.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Prevacid to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, skip the missed the dose and go for your scheduled medication.
On the other hand if it almost time for the next dose than avoid taking it.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store it at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
It does not actually harm any one when taken more than specified quantity but you make see your doctor if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor before using Prevacid if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Prevacid if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Prevacid as Prevacid may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Prevacid is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Prevacid can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking atazanavir (Reyataz);theophylline (such as Elixophyllin, Respbid, Slo-Bid, Theobid, Theoclear, Theo-Dur, Uniphyl); digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen); ketoconazole (Nizoral); iron (Feosol, Mol-Iron, Fergon, Femiron, others); or a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).