What Is This Treatment And How Is Using It Going To Help Your Condition To Get Better?
The generic name for Prevacid is (lansoprazole). It belongs to a group of medications known as proton pump inhibitors. The way the treatment works is it’s able to lower the quantity of acid that’s made by the stomach. Excessive stomach acid conditions can cause all sorts of problems that can impact a person’s life.
Prevacid is mainly used to treat and stop stomach and intestinal ulcers, erosive esophagitis (which is damage caused to the esophagus because of too much stomach acid) as well as other problems that involve excessive stomach acid like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. There’s an over the counter version of this treatment that’s used in order to help provide treatment for people who have consistent heartburn problems. Consistent in this case would be heartburn that happens 2 times or more each week. In any case this treatment isn’t made to provide quick help for heartburn symptoms.
What are some of the potential serious side effects a person puts themselves at risk for if they use this medicational treatment?
Allergic reactions: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
Severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody
Kidney problems – urinating more or less than usual, blood in your urine, swelling, rapid weight gain
Symptoms of low magnesium – dizziness, confusion; fast or uneven heart rate; tremors (shaking) or jerking muscle movements; feeling jittery; muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet; cough or choking feeling
What are some of the more common possible side effects a person might be at risk for if they use this medicational treatment?
Nausea, stomach pain
How can you be sure this treatment is going to offer the help you need if you use it?
There are different levels of excessive stomach acid problems and in order to understand if this treatment will work for yours, then you’ll have to get more information about your condition. The best way to do this is to explain to a doctor what your problem is and make sure you get it properly diagnosed. Only with proper diagnosis can you be sure whatever treatment you used was going to be effective, at least the degree it needs to be if you used it.
You’ll need to make sure you understand what can be aggravating your condition and take measures to control or stop these things. For some people this is going to take a lot of discipline, but it’s necessary in order to make sure this treatment works as well as it can. Next, in order to make sure this treatment is going to work properly for you, then you’ll need to make sure you monitor yourself carefully while on it. This is going to help when you go in for a review in order to see how your condition is coming along.
No doctor is going to want you to keep using a treatment that isn’t working for you. They will at least want to understand why it isn’t working and take measures to change things before considering taking you off. In many cases there might be something you’re doing wrong in order to cause the treatment to not be as effective as it should be. Communication is going to be key in this case in order to make sure the proper measures are taken to correct things.