Prevacid is categorized as a proton pump inhibitor and prevents excess acid production in the stomach.
Drug Uses Prevacid is used as a short term treatment measure for conditions like stomach ulcer, duodenal ulcer, heartburn or other symptoms related to gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Usage Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information. Please drink a full glass of water with Prevacid. You should not break or crush the table and in case you are having problems to swallow the pill you can sprinkle the contents on a spoon and then consume it along with applesauce. It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor. Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses. Missed Dose Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule. Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects. Storage Store Prevacid at room temperature (read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets. Overdose An overdose of Prevacid does not have any serious adverse effects. Contact the nearest emergency poison control center immediately if you notice any adverse effects.