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Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets

Generic Name: lansoprazole (lan-SOE-pra-zole)
Brand Name: Prevacid SoluTab

Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets is used for:

Preventing or treating certain types of ulcers. It is also used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (eg, heartburn) and irritation of the esophagus. It is also used to treat conditions that cause your body to make too much stomach acid (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Do NOT use Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets
  • you are taking atazanavir, dasatinib, or rilpivirine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have low blood potassium or magnesium levels, liver problems, or stomach or bowel cancer
  • if you have phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • if you have osteoporosis (weak bones), a family history of osteoporosis, or other risk factors of osteoporosis (eg, smoking, poor nutrition)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because the risk of low blood magnesium levels may be increased
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), digoxin, methotrexate, saquinavir, or tacrolimus because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets
  • Ampicillin, atazanavir, bosutinib, clopidogrel, dasatinib, erlotinib, indinavir, iron, itraconazole, ketoconazole, mycophenolate, nelfinavir, nilotinib, posaconazole, rilpivirine, sorafenib, or theophylline because their effectiveness may be decreased by Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets:

Use Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets refilled.
  • Take Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets by mouth on an empty stomach before eating.
  • Do not break, cut, chew, or swallow the tablet. Place the tablet on the tongue and allow it to dissolve until the particles can be swallowed. Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets can be taken with or without water. The tablet usually dissolves in less than 1 minute.
  • If you have trouble taking the tablet, you may also dissolve it in water. Place the tablet in an oral syringe. If you are taking the 15 mg tablet, draw up 4 mL of water. If you are taking the 30 mg tablet, draw up 10 mL of water. Shake gently until the tablet dissolves. Swallow the mixture within 15 minutes after mixing. Do not store the mixture for use at a later time. After you take your dose, refill the syringe with 2 mL of water for the 15 mg tablet or 5 mL of water for the 30 mg tablet. Shake gently and swallow.
  • If the patient is taking Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets through a nasogastric (NG) tube, follow the instructions for use in the extra patient leaflet.
  • You may take antacids while you are using Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets if you are directed to do so by your doctor.
  • If you also take sucralfate, take Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets at least 30 minutes before taking sucralfate.
  • Continue to take Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing.
  • Do NOT change your dose, stop taking Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets, or take Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets may increase the risk of a serious form of diarrhea. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe or persistent diarrhea, or bloody or watery stools occur. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets may increase the risk of hip, wrist, and spine fractures in patients with weak bones (osteoporosis). The risk may be greater if you use Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets in high doses or for long periods of time, or if you are older than 50 years old. Contact your doctor if you have any questions about this information.
  • Low blood magnesium levels have been reported rarely in patients taking PPIs for at least 3 months. In most cases, this effect was seen after a year of treatment. If you will be taking Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets for a long time or if you take certain other medicines (eg, digoxin, diuretics), your doctor may perform lab tests to check for low blood magnesium levels. Seek medical attention right away if you experience symptoms of low blood magnesium levels (eg, dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; involuntary muscle movements; jitteriness or tremors; muscle aches, cramps, pain, spasms, or weakness; seizures).
  • Check with your doctor to see whether you should take a calcium and vitamin D supplement while you use Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets.
  • Some of these products contain phenylalanine. If you must have a diet that is low in phenylalanine, ask your pharmacist if it is in your product.
  • Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets.
  • Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets should be used with caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in these patients.
  • Use Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially hip, wrist, and spine fractures.
  • Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets while you are pregnant. It is not known if Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets.

Possible side effects of Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; headache; mild diarrhea or stomach pain; nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest or throat; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); bloody or watery stools; bone pain; chest, jaw, or arm pain; confusion; depression; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; one-sided weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent diarrhea or stomach pain; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath; slurred speech; stomach cramps; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, loss of appetite, pale stools, unusual nausea, yellowing of the skin or eyes); unexplained weight loss; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual sweating; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets:

Store Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Prevacid SoluTab orally disintegrating tablets.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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