Pediatric and Off-Label Indications for Prevacid

Is Prevacid Used for Children?

Prescription Prevacid has been approved to treat GERD and erosive esophagitis in children 1 to 17 years of age. Nonprescription Prevacid 24HR is approved only for use in adults.
 
Despite the widespread use of Prevacid to treat infant GERD, research suggests that Prevacid is not effective for use in babies under one year of age. One study evaluated Prevacid for babies age one month up to one year of age. The babies that were given Prevacid were just as fussy and irritable after feedings, compared to babies that were given a placebo (which had no active ingredient).
 
It is possible that this study failed to show that Prevacid was effective because the babies were diagnosed with GERD based on the symptoms of crying, fussiness, or irritability associated with feedings, instead of more objective but more invasive ways to diagnose the condition. It is possible that in the study (just like in "real life") many of the babies diagnosed with GERD actually did not have the medical condition and therefore were not helped by Prevacid.
  

Are There Any "Off-Label" Uses for Prevacid?

It's possible that your healthcare provider may recommend Prevacid for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, however, there are no known off-label uses for Prevacid (other than using Prevacid for infants).

Prevacid Medication

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