Prevacid Medication for Acid Reflux
Prevacid® (lansoprazole) is a medication used to treat several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Specifically, Prevacid can help treat conditions such as duodenal ulcers, H. pylori infections, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A nonprescription form (Prevacid 24HR) is also available and is approved for treating frequent heartburn.
When using Prevacid for acid reflux and other similar conditions, the medicine works by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. As a proton pump inhibitor medication, Prevacid helps heartburn and other GERD symptoms go away, 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 in a number of forms, including:
- Prevacid Delayed-Release Capsule
- Prevacid SoluTab, which are delayed-release disintegrating tablets.
The nonprescription form is available in one strength -- Prevacid 24HR 15 mg capsules.
(Click Prevacid for a more in-depth look at using Prevacid medication for acid reflux 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.)