What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Prevacid (Lansoprazole)

Known as Zoton, in the UK

Brand

Prevacid (Lansoprazole)

Generic

Generic Equivalent - Prevacid (Lansoprazole)

Prescription Required

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    Description

    What is Prevacid good for?

    Prevacid 30mg

    Chemical Name: LANSOPRAZOLE (lan-SOE-pra-zole)

    Prevacid is a CAPSULE, it CANNOT be split in half.

    PREVACID belongs to a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It is used to decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach and treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), injury of the food pipe and conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a condition where the stomach produces too much acid) and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. PREVACID is intended for short-term treatment (for 4 weeks) for healing and symptom relief.

    PREVACID is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.

    Directions

    Most medications can cause side effects which can be defined as an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can range from mild or severe, temporary or permanent. Side effects are not experienced all patients who take this medication. Many side effects can be managed, and others may go away over time.

    Stop using PREVACID and contact your doctor if you experience any of the follwing symptoms:

    • dizziness, confusion
    • fast or uneven heart rate
    • jerking muscle movements
    • feeling jittery
    • muscle cramps, muscle weakness or limp feeling
    • cough or choking feeling
    • seizure (convulsions)
    Less serious side effects may include:
    • headache
    • nausea, stomach pain
    • diarrhea
    • constipation
    Immediately seek medical help if you experience signs of an allergic reaction including hives; difficulty breathing and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects that you may experience.

    Cautions

    Patients should not use PREVACID if they are allergic to lansoprazole or any other chemicals contained in this medication. Consult your health care professional to see if it is safe for you to take PREVACID if you have liver disease or low levels of magnesium in your blood.

    Do not use PREVACID without the advice of a doctor if you have:

    • trouble or pain with swallowing
    • bloody or black stools
    • vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds
    • heartburn that has lasted for over 3 months
    • frequent chest pain
    • heartburn with wheezing
    • unexplained weight loss
    • nausea or vomiting
    • stomach pain
    • an electrolyte imbalance or metabolic disorder
    See below for additional safety information that patients should be aware of:
    • Taking PREVACID may increase your risk of bone fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine. This effect has occurred mostly in people who have taken the medication long term or at high doses, and in those who are age 50 and older. Before you taking PREVACID, tell your doctor if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia.
    • PREVACID is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether lansoprazole passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use PREVACID without consulting your doctor.

    Side Effects

    Most medications can cause side effects which can be defined as an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can range from mild or severe, temporary or permanent. Side effects are not experienced all patients who take this medication. Many side effects can be managed, and others may go away over time.

    Stop using PREVACID and contact your doctor if you experience any of the follwing symptoms:

    • dizziness, confusion
    • fast or uneven heart rate
    • jerking muscle movements
    • feeling jittery
    • muscle cramps, muscle weakness or limp feeling
    • cough or choking feeling
    • seizure (convulsions)
    Less serious side effects may include:
    • headache
    • nausea, stomach pain
    • diarrhea
    • constipation
    Immediately seek medical help if you experience signs of an allergic reaction including hives; difficulty breathing and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects that you may experience.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 1736

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