Prevacid for Heartburn
A healthcare provider may recommend Prevacid® (lansoprazole) for treating several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. This medication is approved to help treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), duodenal ulcers, and H. pylori infections. A nonprescription form (Prevacid 24HR) is also available and is approved to treat frequent heartburn.
Prevacid is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication. It works by binding to proton pumps in the stomach, stopping the production of acid. When using Prevacid for heartburn and other similar conditions, the medication helps relieve heartburn and other GERD symptoms, allows damage to the esophagus to heal, and allows the stomach or intestines time to heal.
Prescription Prevacid comes in two strengths (15 and 30 mg) and comes in a number of forms, including:
- Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsule
- Prevacid SoluTab, which are delayed-release disintegrating tablets.
The nonprescription version comes in one strength -- Prevacid 24HR 15 mg capsules.
(Click Prevacid for a more in-depth look at using Prevacid for heartburn and other conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. This article also discusses how Prevacid works and offers information on general precautions, dosages, and potential side effects.)