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Lansoprazole (OTC)

Last Updated: May 30, 2012
Status: Resolved

Products Affected - Description

All Prevacid 24 Hr OTC presentations are available.

Reason for the Shortage

  • Novartis stated the shortage was due to manufacturing delays.1
  • Prescription lansoprazole 15 mg and 30 mg capsules are not affected by the shortage.

Available Products

Prevacid 24 Hr OTC capsules, Novartis
15 mg, 14 count (NDC 00067-6286-14)
15 mg, 28 count (NDC 00067-6286-28)
15 mg, 42 count (NDC 00067-6286-42)

Estimated Resupply Dates

Novartis has all Prevacid 24 Hr OTC presentations available.1

Implications for Patient Care

  • Prevacid 24 Hr OTC is a proton pump inhibitor labeled for the over-the-counter (OTC) treatment of frequent heartburn, occurring 2 days or more per week, in adult patients. It is labeled for a 14-day treatment course and the treatment course can be repeated once every 4 months.2
  • Omeprazole is another proton pump inhibitor that is available over-the-counter and labeled for the treatment of frequent heartburn symptoms (occurs 2 or more days per week) in adult patients. Omeprazole OTC is also labeled for a 14-day treatment course and treatment course can be repeated once every 4 months.3,4

Alternative Agents & Management

  • The Table lists the available over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors and their labeled dosages.
  • Patients should contact their healthcare provider if they are unable to tolerate an alternative over-the-counter proton pump inhibitor.

    Table: Comparison of Available Over-The-Counter Proton Pump Inhibitors 3-6

    Proton Pump Inhibitor

    Brand Name

    How Supplied

    Labeled Dosage


    Prevacid 24 hr OTC

    15 mg delayed release capsule

    15 mg once daily in the morning before meal


    Prilosec OTC

    20 mg delayed release tablet

    20 mg once daily in the morning before meal

    Generic omeprazole (eg, store brands)

    20 mg delayed release tablet;

    20 mg delayed release capsule

    20 mg once daily in the morning before meal

    Omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate

    Zegerid OTC

    20 mg omeprazole, 1100 mg sodium bicarbonate capsule

    One capsule once daily in the morning before meal

Related Shortages


  1. Novartis (personal communications). April 23, May 4 and 30, 2012.
  2. Novartis Consumer Health (2011). Prevacid 24 hr OTC (lansoprazole) capsules [patient product information]. Parsippany, NJ, Novartis Consumer Health.
  3. Astra Zeneca. Prilosec OTC (omeprazole) tablets [patient product information]. Wilmington, DE, Astra Zeneca.
  4. Merck. Zegerid OTC (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate) capsules [patient product information]. Whitehouse Station, NJ, Merck.
  5. Wickersham RM, Novak KK, managing eds., eds. Drug Facts and Comparisons (eFacts). St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.; 2011.
  6. Lexi-Drugs Online. Hudson, OH: Lexi-Comp, Inc.; 2011.


Updated May 30, 2012 by Ginny Jones, RPh, Drug Information Specialist. Created April 27, 2012 by Jane Chandramouli, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Copyright 2012, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.