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Prevacid SoluTab is a prescription medication used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems, such as acid reflux and ulcers, by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and cough.
Prevacid contains the active ingredient lansoprazole. Lansoprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Prevacid SoluTab is not recommended for use in children younger than 1 year due to an increased risk of serious side effects.
Use and Dosage
Prevacid Solu Tab comes in the form of Dispersible Tablet by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily, before a meal. Dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Children's dosage is also based on age and weight.
To use Prevacid SoluTab (lansoprazole) dispersible tablets, you can also use the by placing the tablet in an oral syringe and draw up the correct amount of water for your dose (4 milliliters for a 15-milligram tablet, or 10 milliliters for a 30-milligram tablet). After putting the tablet in the syringe, you should immediately add the water and mix well for at least two minutes until the tablet disintegrates completely. Then, you should administer the mixture through an oral syringe into the mouth or through a nasogastric or gastric tube, followed by a flush of additional water (at least 10 milliliters).
Common Side Effects of Prevacid Solu Tab (Lansoprazole):
- Fast or irregular heart rate
- Feeling jittery
- Jerky muscle movements
- Muscle cramps or weakness
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
Serious Side Effects of Prevacid Solu Tab (Lansoprazole):
- Kidney problems: fever, nausea, little or no urination, blood in your urine, swelling, or rapid weight gain
- Low magnesium: dizziness, fast or irregular heart rate, tremors (shaking) or jerking muscle movements, feeling jittery, muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet, or coughing/choking feeling
- New or unusual pain in your wrist, back, hip, or thigh
- New or worsening symptoms of lupus: joint pain, and a skin rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens in sunlight
- Seizure (convulsions)
- Severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody
Forms and Strength
Prevacid Solu Tab (Lansoprazole) is available in the following forms and strength:
Prevacid Solu Tab: Dispersible Tablet
- Interactions with other medications: Prevacid SoluTab may interact with certain medications, such as ketoconazole and digoxin. Inform your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking before starting Prevacid SoluTab.
- Risk of fractures: Long-term use of high doses of lansoprazole may increase the risk of bone fractures, especially in older adults.
- Risk of infections: Prevacid SoluTab may increase the risk of certain infections, particularly in people with weakened immune systems.
- Risk of kidney problems: Prevacid SoluTab may cause kidney problems, although this is rare. People with a history of kidney disease should be closely monitored while taking Prevacid SoluTab.
- Risk of liver problems: Prevacid SoluTab may cause liver problems, although this is also rare. People with a history of liver disease should be closely monitored while taking Prevacid SoluTab.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Prevacid SoluTab should be used with caution in pregnant or breastfeeding women, as the effects on a developing fetus or nursing infant are not known.
- Allergic reactions: Some people may be allergic to lansoprazole, and may experience symptoms such as rash, hives, and difficulty breathing. Seek medical attention immediately if these symptoms occur.
- Reduced magnesium levels: Long-term use of lansoprazole may lead to reduced levels of magnesium in the blood, which can cause symptoms such as muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, and seizures.
- Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea: Prevacid SoluTab may increase the risk of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, particularly in people who have recently been treated with antibiotics.
- Reduced effectiveness of other medications: Prevacid SoluTab may reduce the effectiveness of certain medications, such as antifungal drugs and certain HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) medications.
- Increased risk of stomach infections: Prevacid SoluTab may increase the risk of stomach infections, such as salmonella and Campylobacter, especially in people with weakened immune systems.
- Risk of vitamin B12 deficiency: Long-term use of lansoprazole may lead to vitamin B12 deficiency, which can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and numbness or tingling in the hands and feet.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Prevacid SoluTab to work?
Prevacid SoluTab may start to provide relief within 24 hours, but full effects may not be seen for several days. Continue taking the medication as prescribed.
Can Prevacid SoluTab be crushed or chewed?
No, Prevacid SoluTab should not be crushed or chewed. It is designed to disintegrate on the tongue and should be swallowed whole after dissolving.
Can Prevacid SoluTab be taken with food?
Prevacid SoluTab can be taken with or without food. However, it is advisable to take it at the same time(s) each day to maintain consistent levels of the medication in the body.
How long should someone take Prevacid SoluTab?
The length of treatment with Prevacid SoluTab will depend on the condition being treated and individual circumstances. Follow the prescribed treatment plan and consult with a healthcare professional if there are any concerns or changes in symptoms.
It's important to purchase Prevacid Solu Tab from verified Canadian pharmacy.