Prevacid Medicine for GERD
Prevacid® (lansoprazole) is a medication used to treat several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Specifically, it can help treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), duodenal ulcers, and H. pylori infections.
Prevacid is part of a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The stomach contains tiny pumps (called proton pumps) that produce acid. The medication works by binding to these proton pumps, stopping the production of acid. When using Prevacid medicine for GERD and other similar conditions, the medication helps heartburn and other GERD symptoms go away, allows damage to the esophagus to heal, and allows the stomach or intestines time to heal.
While most people do not experience any problems with Prevacid, this GERD medicine is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Prevacid, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Some of the common side effects of this medication include nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.
(Click Prevacid for a more in-depth look at using Prevacid for GERD 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.)