Healthcare providers can recommend lansoprazole (Prevacid®) for several different conditions. Among them are:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Erosive esophagitis
- Duodenal ulcers
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections
- Stomach ulcers
- Pathological hypersecretory conditions (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).
It comes in both prescription and nonprescription varieties and a couple of different forms. How and when you take lansoprazole will depend on the condition being treated, among other things. Most people tolerate this medicine well, but side effects are possible and may include stomach pain, constipation, and diarrhea.
(Click Lansoprazole to learn more, including safety concerns to discuss with your healthcare provider and what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)