Prevacid with generic name Lansoprazole blocks too much acidity of the stomach. It is used in short-term treatments of hyperacidity-related diseases. This includes stomach and duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the esophagus, and other effects of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. It is also used to prevent relapse of the said high acidity-based illnesses.
Prevacid (Lansoprazole) is taken before a meal. When a patient misses a dose, it should not be taken in double dosage for the next schedule. It was found to be effective in reducing the risk of gastric ulcers that are based from NSAIDs.
One advantage of taking Prevacid (Lansoprazole) to fight hyperacidity is that its side effects are not that prominent. There are isolated cases, however, wherein common side effects such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness or headache occurs. It is also more effective than placebo in hyperacidity test cases for treatment of duodenal ulcer.
Prevacid (Lansoprazole) is only for short-term treatments of acidity disorders. It is also used cautiously in patients with a history of liver disease. Aside from this, it is not prescribed when the hyperacidic patient has allergic reactions to penicillin and other antibiotics.