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Although the prescription version of Prevacid is approved for a variety of uses, Prevacid 24HR is licensed only for the temporary treatment of frequent heartburn. It is advised to use this nonprescription medication only for a 14-day course of treatment (repeating once every four months, if necessary). In some cases, however, your healthcare provider may recommend using it more frequently.

What Is Prevacid 24HR Used For?

Prevacid® 24HR (lansoprazole) is a nonprescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Although other PPIs (including the prescription version of Prevacid) are approved for several different uses, Prevacid 24HR is approved only for the short-term treatment of frequent heartburn.
The most common symptom of heartburn is pain or discomfort that starts in the middle of the chest. This sensation can move up through the throat. The pain can be frequent, constant, and/or severe. Heartburn symptoms can be made worse by large meals, lying down, and bending over. Heartburn treatment may include dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and medications such as Prevacid 24HR.
Prevacid 24HR is approved for a 14-day course of treatment, with repeat courses allowed once every four months. However, many (if not most) people who take medications like Prevacid 24HR need to use them on a long-term basis.
There is no reason that Prevacid 24HR cannot be used long-term, except that an evaluation by a healthcare provider is probably warranted to rule out the possibility of more serious problems. If your healthcare provider recommends that you use Prevacid 24HR for longer than 14 days, you may safely disregard the label directions that warn against doing so.

How Does Prevacid 24HR Work?

The stomach contains tiny pumps, called proton pumps, that produce acid. Prevacid 24HR works by binding to the proton pumps, stopping them from producing acid. PPIs like Prevacid 24HR are effective at decreasing acid production, since they work directly at the acid pumps.
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