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Prevacid 24HR is a drug used to temporarily treat frequent heartburn; it is the over-the-counter (OTC) version of Prevacid. The medication comes in the form of a capsule and is taken once a day (in the morning, before eating). Although most people tolerate it well, side effects are possible. Diarrhea, nausea, and constipation are a few of the common side effects.
What Is Prevacid 24HR?Prevacid® 24HR (lansoprazole) is a nonprescription medication approved for the short-term treatment of frequent heartburn.
How Does Prevacid 24HR Work?Prevacid 24HR belongs to a group of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). 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 are effective at decreasing acid production, since they work directly at the acid pumps.
When and How to Take ItGeneral considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Prevacid 24HR include the following:
- This medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth once a day in the morning, before eating.
- Swallow the capsules whole; do not chew or crush them.
- Be sure to take Prevacid 24HR at the same time each day to keep an even level in your blood.
- For the medicine to work properly, it must be taken as directed.