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Is it safe to take prevacid (lansoprazole) for a long period of time?

Is it safe to take prevacid (lansoprazole) for a long period of time?

Yes: Long term use of ppis such as Prevacid (lansoprazole) has been associated with an increase risk of pneumonia in the elderly and an increase risk of bone fracture in older women. It can theorhetically cause malabsorption of b12, calcium and iron. Supplimenting these is probably adequate to prevent these complications. As always, you should discuss the risks and benefits of all medications with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Mujjahid Abbas
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Is prevacid (lansoprazole) ok to take for extended period of time?

Is prevacid (lansoprazole) ok to take for extended period of time?

Chronic PPI use: There are concerns that taking a proton pump inhibitor such as prevacid (lansoprazole) for very long periods of time may increase the risk of bone fractures If you have chronic dyspepsia, you should consider evaluation by a gastroenterologist to determine if there is an underlying cause such as H Pylori infection. ...Read more

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Take 30mg of prevacid (lansoprazole) daily for almost 1 yr for chronic gastritis. Is this safe to be on long term? If i want to d/c what is the most comfortable way?

Take 30mg of prevacid (lansoprazole) daily for almost 1 yr for chronic gastritis. Is this safe to be on long term? If i want to d/c what is the most comfortable way?

Yes, this : Medication is designed primarily for short term use. Consult with gastroenterologist regarding the risks v. Benefits of taking it for more than one year. There are other medications that you can try, probably not as effective though. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink 3 or 4 beers a day with Prevacid?

Is it safe to drink 3 or 4 beers a day with Prevacid?

Not really: Ideally men should not drink more that 2 servings of alcohol / day; Women should limit alcohol to 1 serving / day. Excessive alcohol can contribute to both gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and an ulcer. I would encourage you to limit your alcohol intake, and consider abstaining from it, depending on the diagnosis that led to your prescription for Prevacid. ...Read more

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My nine week old has reflux and is on prevacid (lansoprazole) but will only stay asleep for at most one hour, she only sleeps deeply when she is on me. Is this safe? 

My nine week old has reflux and is on prevacid (lansoprazole) but will only stay asleep for at most one hour, she only sleeps deeply when she is on me. Is this safe? 

Other suggestions: I would suggest elevating the head of her crib 30 degrees with a foam wedge placed under the mattress. Her room should be quiet and dimly lit with a night light or dark. The AAP guidelines recommend that she sleep on her back. Her crib may be placed near or in your room, to make feedings easier, but bright light and noise should be avoided. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take my prescription strength prevacid (lansoprazole) once every 3-4 days instead of everyday, as needed?

Is it safe to take my prescription strength prevacid (lansoprazole) once every 3-4 days instead of everyday, as needed?

No: These medications are not effective that way. Better get rechecked you can take have a different problem in your stomach.....H pylori may be. Antacids can be taken that way...As needed. You can take daily for 8-12 wks and then can stop to see if symptoms are coming back. ...Read more

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Im 40 have GERD. I take Prevacid one a day to cope. I'm now taking 600mg Zantac (ranitidine) as alternative. Is it safe or go back to Prevacid. ?

Im 40 have GERD.  I take Prevacid one a day to cope. I'm now taking 600mg Zantac (ranitidine) as alternative.  Is it safe or go back to Prevacid. ?

Ppi's: There is increasing reports about harmful effects of ppi's such as prevacid, prilosec, nexium, (esomeprazole)etc and at your young age, zantac and carafate may be a better choice for long term use. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate,advise and treat you if your gerd isn't responding well to diet and medication. Abstinence from alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and oily foods may be helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Lansoprazole (Definition)

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