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User Reviews for Prevacid

Prevacid has an average rating of 8.1 out of 10 from a total of 59 ratings on Drugs.com. 75% of those users who reviewed Prevacid reported a positive effect, while 12% reported a negative effect.

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GERD  
8.0
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Stomach Ulcer  
8.1
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Erosive Esophagitis  
10.0
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Barrett's Esophagus  
10.0
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NSAID-Induced Gastric Ulcer  
6.0
2 reviews 6 medications
Summary of Prevacid reviews 8.1 59 reviews

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Reviews for Prevacid

KildareCounty125 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 5, 2021

For NSAID-Induced Gastric Ulcer: “I started Prevacid because I needed something to coat my stomach while I took NSAIDs for back pain, costochondritis and a slipped rib after I had my daughter (I’m small and she was born big and took a toll on my body - had her when I was 40). It worked for taming the heartburn and indigestion, but caused HORRIBLE constipation. I weaned off it and constipation disappeared and I had normal bowel movements almost immediately. But the acid rebound was AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL. I have been taking Pepcid and Tums as needed, but they are very short term solutions. I also have had some weird brain fog/lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, fatigue. I wouldn’t recommend this. It wasn’t worth it in my opinion.”

3 / 10
Jasper462000 · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 1, 2021

For GERD: “Do not start on Prevacid or any PPI. They work fine but if you develop serious side effects as I have you are stuck taking them because they are almost impossible to get off of. The rebound pain and heartburn are even worse than the serious side effects. You then suffer from both problems at the same time. These pills suck the very life out of you. Use Pepcid or Tagamet. Stay away from these.”

1 / 10
raddyboi · Taken for less than 1 month January 4, 2021

For GERD: “5 days on Prevacid and my anxiety is overwhelming. Heart palpitations, insomnia, feeling like I'm completely losing it. I get that these drugs help some - but frankly, in my experience, they are potentially dangerous and folks should know the side effects before they jump in. (Part of the problem is that every drug nowadays lists the same side effects - for legal reasons - so we take those warnings with a grain of salt) Don't ignore the side effects listed for this drug. They are factual. Anxiety? Believe it. Depression? Believe it. Folks end up in the ER on this drug. Now I know why. Never again.”

1 / 10
MissLeopard83 · Taken for less than 1 month June 29, 2020

For GERD: “I have GERD due to cyclic vomiting syndrome causing damage to my pyloric sphincter and a hiatal hernia. I take 40mg of Pepcid AC every night but I was still getting the feeling of acid in the back of my throat. I decided to take Prevacid since I've taken it in the past with no problems. Unfortunately, I've had some issues this time. It has helped with the regurgitation and acid, but I am having a lot of muscle cramps and diarrhea. I looked at the side effects and this is, indeed, a problem with Prevacid. I will be seeing my GI doctor tomorrow for advice.”

5 / 10
Jay · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 14, 2019

For GERD: “Started taking prevacid about a month ago. Started off great. It was working wonders. Then my GERD started to act up at night. I was initially on 30mg and I would take that just in the morning now I'm taking it in the morning and in the evening. Still all good. However, recently I've been getting severe stomach aches and nausea. Felt extremely weak and non stop diarrhea as well. Drank some Gatorade which actually fixed it. Wonder if there's some sort of electrolyte imbalance with taking prevacid. Either way I'm probably going to wean off of it. The constant nausea isn't worth it.”

5 / 10
Anonymous February 16, 2016

For GERD: “I have been taking prevacid for 20 years. I have had numerous side effects in the last 5 years, migraine headaches, major memory loss, blurred vision, heart palpitations, and most of the side effects listed I have. I have taken this medication as I have severe acid reflux and when I stop I have instant reflux, but my side effects are getting worse, so I have to try something different or I fear this medication may end my life.”

9 / 10
mhorris46 · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 27, 2015

For GERD: “After I turned 65, I started suffering from GERD. My doctor gave me free samples of Prilosec to use, but I found it to be only somewhat effective. I switched to Prevacid, and am now heartburn/GERD free! I've been taking Prevacid for about 4 years, and have suffered no side effects whatsoever.”

10 / 10
Anonymous November 26, 2011

For GERD: “I began taking Prevacid probably 10 years ago, stopped occasionally, but found I could not go long without needing it. I never thought of anything bad coming of it, I felt wonderful, no heartburn, no need to watch what I ate anymore, no more waking up at night needing antacids. Well, a few years ago, I started having severe foot and ankle pain and weakness, and last September, I fell in the yard and severely broke my ankle, requiring ORIF surgery to put in a plate and screws. My ankle will never be the same. Gone are the 4 mile walks I used to enjoy daily, and, I have also developed some heart palpitations, higher blood pressure readings, and I feel it is all due to my long term use of Prevacid. I stopped taking it almost 2 months ago.”

10 / 10
PugMom November 5, 2020

For GERD: “I have been taking Prevacid for 28 years. I’ve tried to stop taking this medication so many times and the heartburn/reflux comes back with a vengeance. I went to a top notch gastroenterologist and he said he needed to test the ph of my esophagus/stomach. I had to stop taking Prevacid seven days before procedure. Without it, I felt like I was having a heart attack. I have broken both my ankles and shoulder and I wasn’t really doing anything! I have numerous health problems that I believe stemmed from this drug that was prescribed when I was in the hospital from a major asthma attack. It kept the heartburn/reflux at bay and didn’t exacerbate the asthma (wheezing and coughing). I never had a gastroenterologist care or seem concerned every time I said I need to get off of this medication until the one I’m seeing!”

1 / 10
KellyKellyKelly · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 22, 2015

For GERD: “I took this for about 2 1/2 years in my early 30's and it work amazing! If I even missed a single dose I was up with horrible acid problems during the night. I do highly recommend it but also consider Fundoplication Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. I had this done about 10 years ago and since then my GERD is completely gone and I have no need for the Prevacid at all anymore. I eat and enjoy spicy foods never have an issue. Both Prevacid and the surgery changed my life!”

10 / 10
ReGerd · Taken for 10 years or more January 16, 2016

For GERD: “I have tried almost every acid reducer made in the last 20 years and nothing worked until I took prevacid 30mg 2x a day. I has severe stomach pain, cramps, pain under right shoulder. Thought I was having a heart attack. One 30mg pill didn't do it, I still needed antacids. Another Dr suggested 2x a day. It worked. It took about 4 weeks for my symptoms to go away. I could eat anything. Periodically I've tried to reduce the amount by slowly reducing the mg, but symptoms always came back. I've tried the generic version because my insurance co would cover it at this high dose, but symptoms came back after a few months. Generic versions are just not the same.”

9 / 10
capecodgal · Taken for 5 to 10 years December 18, 2013

For GERD: “I had suffered with acid reflux since childhood. I would wake up in the middle of the night, vomit, and go back to bed. This continued off and on for years. In my late teens and early 20's, it began to get worse. My doctor told me about Prevacid being OTC, and I should give that a try. It was getting so bad that no matter what I did or didn't do, ate or didn't eat, I would have heartburn. It used to be just certain foods triggered it. As time went on, anything and everything gave me heartburn. I started taking Prevacid, and now I take 15mg daily, and have for the last 5 years or so. Since taking it, I am almost completely heartburn free all the time. Occasionally, I have to take 30mg. But I couldn't live without it! It has changed my life!”

10 / 10
Macrock · Taken for 10 years or more January 13, 2013

For GERD: “I have been on Prevacid for over 10 years now. Take 30 Mg a day. I have used both the prescription and the 24 hr when I run out. Both are fantastic, never had a side effect and it completely controls my acid reflux and heartburn. Stopped eating tums and can eat whatever I choose. It works like a charm for me.”

10 / 10
Hana Davis February 11, 2017

For GERD: “After several months of taking prevacid, if I don't take it for a day, my symptoms now are 10 times worse than they used to be before I started taking it. Not only that, but the doctor has told me that if I continue to take prevacid I will most likely develop osteoporosis (I am only 18 years old). Overall, after taking this medicine for about half a year, my only choice is to continue taking it, but risk being deficient in some essential nutrients and develop osteoporosis, or stop talking it and experience burning pain and reflux every day, and continue to damage my esophagus.”

1 / 10
Anonymous March 3, 2012

For GERD: “I have been taking Prevacid for 10 years now. It had worked tremendously. I have tried to go without it but my acid reflux just gets to bad. I had two endoscopes done prior to taking Prevacid for scaring in my esophagus. Prevacid has healed my esophagus. I would definetely recommend it for anyone who suffers from GERD like myself.”

10 / 10
Muddling along · Taken for 10 years or more February 11, 2014

For GERD: “I have been using this medication for about 15 years at 60mg a day, to treat severe GERD. Doctors in general are reluctant to prescribe this dosage, but in my case it was necessary. I had been using Zantac and Prilosec prior to that and graduated onto this as a last resort. It has cleared up most of the oesophogus erosion. There seems to be no side effects that I am aware of, but would be interested if anyone has noticed an uptick in kidney infections.”

10 / 10
daveo58 November 2, 2011

For GERD: “I've been taking Prevacid for over 10 years, 1 in the morning, that's it. I've had acid reflux since I was 13 years old, used to keep bottles of tums in my car, my night stand, my pocket. I suffered for years. Not anymore. I'm 53, I eat drink whatever I want, hardly ever get indigestion anymore. Sure works for me.”

9 / 10
treke · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 24, 2015

For GERD: “I was told by MD that I probably have a hiatal hernia that is causing G.E.R.D. He prescribed an RX. When I went to pharmacy & it was too expensive, pharmacist suggested I try an over-the-counter one. I read all the labels of ingredients on Prevacid, Prilosec, etc. I chose Prevacid because of it's ingredients. I have been VERY happy with it! It works well!”

10 / 10
Shereida October 12, 2015

For GERD: “I have used Prevacid before and it does work well. Years ago, a doctor told me that they wanted to put a scope down my throat. I am not really in to that idea so it has not been done. I do not use this often due to the price increase but I would recommend it.”

9 / 10
Anonymous March 5, 2008

For GERD: “I had my gallbladder removed about 10 years ago due to an infection (not gall stones). Of all of the heartburn medications I have taken and been prescribed (Nexium, Prilosec, Zantac) only prevacid seems to give me relief.”

9 / 10
Muldune · Taken for 10 years or more January 6, 2017

For GERD: “I have tried several medications for GERD. Did not work. When I go in to the hospital, I have to have my doctor order that I can bring in my generic Prevacid because they do not carry Prevacid in their pharmacy and the one they give me doesn't work. I take 30mg 2x daily. Have had no side effects. But now my new insurance requires me to get an exception to be able to take 2 per day.”

9 / 10
Anonymous August 30, 2009

For GERD: “I have used Prevacid 30mg (lansoprazole) for almost a year now. It works wonders for my acid reflux, except when I'm bad and eat something to trigger it! I have found it works better when not used daily. My Doctor said do not take it every day as the effects will wear off sooner, take it when you need it or on a day you know you will be eating something to trigger your acid reflux. As any other medication the effects of relief will wear off but, when you stagger, you take it. It works all the time.”

9 / 10
Anonymous May 8, 2010

For Erosive Esophagitis: “I was on 30mg of Prevacid morning and night it worked great but insurance wouldn't cover, it would cost $400 month. Stomach Doctor switched me to Nexium 5 days ago, insurance covers it but just hate the side effects. Tongue is numb and throat burns. Went to Walgreens today the Pharmacist said the OTC Prevacid is the same but I would have to take 4 capsules a day. The 42 count box had a $10 off coupon. I bought 4 boxes which equals 1 month the total cost was less than my copay. I can't wait to start taking it tonight and get my mouth/throat back to normal.”

10 / 10
KKostill June 6, 2008

For GERD: “I got immediate improvement switching from omeprazole 20mg and 40mg to prevacid 30mg for my long term struggle with severe acid reflux. I still occasionally supplement with a Pepcid Complete at bedtime, but overall I'm much better.”

9 / 10
Mia501111 September 1, 2008

For GERD: “I started using Prevacid after several months (actually years) of a condition of acid reflux getting increasingly worse. Tums just wasn't working anymore, and I was crossing more and more foods off the list of what I could eat without getting severe heartburn. After several kinds of tests at a specialist, I was prescribed Prevacid. I couldn't believe how quickly and permanently my heartburn went away. I could even eat onions. There was one side affect though - frequent diarrhea for about the first six months - it really became kind of regular thing, but seriously, it was better than the awful heartburn. After the first six months, it went away and never returned.”

10 / 10
Mrs.Doyle February 26, 2010

For GERD: “It's the best medication for my acid reflux, chronic heartburn. Two capsules and I no longer wake at night with painful heartburn. I can continue to enjoy my normal (somewhat spicy) foods without suffering afterwards. Please note - the instructions tell you not to take it for more than 14 days. Then take a break of nearly 4 months before starting another course. The over the counter Prevacid is NOT for daily use ad infinitum. If it doesn't help, then you need to see a doctor!!”

10 / 10
Renrelo · Taken for less than 1 month June 30, 2017

For GERD: “I've had extremely bad heartburn for several years. While I don't experience reflux the chest pain and throat/sinus pain are all consuming. I can no longer tolerate this pain. I've been on a diet of mostly rice, applesauce, oatmeal, lean protein and an occasional veggie. Everything including water gives me heartburn all day/everyday. It appears I have Nutcracker Esopgagus or esophageal spasms. Two weeks ago I received an esophageal Botox injection which is meant to relax the esophagus, thus reduce spasms. I've experienced no relief. I had this same procedure six months ago and enjoyed nearly 3 months heartburn free! I believe it's failed this time. I tried Prevacid 15mg OTC and experienced 25% improvement. Suggestions?”

3 / 10
Burning heart February 18, 2009

For GERD: “I've taken Prevacid for over a year now. The first 6 months or so were amazing, almost completely heartburn-free. Now, it's almost like I'm taking nothing at all. I think I need to switch to something different. Worked great for a while, though.”

7 / 10

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