Prevacid Amounts for Various Conditions
Prevacid Dosing Guidelines for a Stomach Ulcer Associated With NSAID Use
The recommended starting dose of Prevacid to reduce the risk of a stomach ulcer (gastric ulcer) associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is Prevacid 15 mg once a day for up to 12 weeks. The recommended starting dose of Prevacid to heal a stomach ulcer (gastric ulcer) associated with NSAIDs is Prevacid 30 mg once a day for up to eight weeks.
Treatment to kill Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) involves using two other drugs besides Prevacid. This treatment is known as "triple therapy." Triple therapy to kill H. pylori involves taking Prevacid 30 mg twice a day, plus amoxicillin 1,000 mg (twice daily) and clarithromycin 500 mg (twice daily). All three medications are taken for 10 or 14 days.
The recommended starting dose of Prevacid for people with excess acid production is Prevacid 60 mg a day. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase the Prevacid dosage if symptoms continue or decrease the dose if Prevacid side effects occur.
In children ages 1 to 17, the recommended Prevacid dose depends on the weight of the child. Consult your healthcare provider for pediatric dosing instructions.
Prevacid OTC DosingThe nonprescription version of Prevacid is approved only for treating heartburn in adults.
The recommended Prevacid 24HR dosage for treating heartburn is one 15 mg capsule once daily in the morning for 14 days. Additional 14-day courses can be used once every four months. Do not use this medication continually without your healthcare provider's approval. Although long-term use is not thought to be dangerous, your healthcare provider should rule out any serious causes for your heartburn symptoms if long-term use is necessary.