Facts about Prevacid side effects

Prevacid side effects :
a look at Purpose, Use and Impact

Prevacid (Lansoprazole) is used to prevent ulcers and to treat other conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid.

Prevacid side effects and interactions

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For lansoprazole, the following should be considered:

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to lansoprazole. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.

Studies have not been done in humans. However, studies in animals have not shown that lansoprazole causes harm to the fetus.

Lansoprazole may pass into the breast milk. Since it has been observed that Prevacid side effects may cause tumors in animals, it may be necessary for you to take another medicine or to stop breast-feeding during treatment. Be sure you have discussed the risks and benefits of the medicine with your doctor.

There is no specific information comparing the use of lansoprazole in children less than 1 year of age with use in other age groups. It is safe to use this drug to treat heartburn and erosive esophagitis in people between 1 and 17 years of age.

In studies done to date that have included older adults, observed lansoprazole side effects were not different than in younger adults.

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking lansoprazole, it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are taking Sucralfate (e.g., Carafate). Lansoprazole should be taken at least 30 minutes before sucralfate so that lansoprazole will be properly absorbed

Observed Prevacid side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Prevacid side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More Commonly Observed

Diarrhea; skin rash or itching.

Less Commonly Observed

Abdominal or stomach pain; increased or decreased appetite; joint pain; nausea; vomiting.

Rarely Observed

Anxiety; cold or flu-like symptoms; constipation; increased cough; mental depression; muscle pain; rectal bleeding; unusual bleeding or bruising.

Other Prevacid side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Commonly Observed

Dizziness; headache.

Other Prevacid side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

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