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Prevacid Treats Stomach Conditions;May Lead to Stomach, Blood Woes

Prevacid, also known generically as Lansoprazole, treats digestive and gastrointestinal conditions such as increased stomach acid, inflammation of the esophagus, ulcers or heartburn.

Side effects include diarrhea, itching, rash, dizzy, change in appetite, urge to vomit, stomach cramps, or head pain.

Severe ones include incomplete or infrequent bowel movements; abnormal heart rhythm; decrease of all cells in the blood; acute infection of the nose, throat or sinus; acute inflammation of the pancreas; allergies affecting the sinuses, nose or throat; angina; anxiety; broken bone; candida fungus infection of the mouth, skin, nails or vagina; unemptied bladders; cataracts; clostridium difficile-bacteria related colitis; cough; decreased blood platelets; decreased white blood cells; deficiency of granulocytes, a type of white blood cells; depression; erythema multiforme; flu-like symptoms; gallstones; hemolytic anemia; hepatitis and increased pressure in eyes.

(NOTE: is featuring the first 10 of 200 of the most common prescription medicine brands reflected in Google’s app for Rx drug flash cards. The flash cards and the app were developed as visual aids to instruct medical students on modern drugs. In a series of summaries, we recap the purpose and nature of each drug, its side effects and advice on usage. The series will feature Lipitor, Singulair, Lexapro, Nexium, Synthroid, Plavix, Toprol XL, Prevacid, Vytorin and Advair Diskus.)

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Last updated September 2014

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A print journalist for 21 years, Vladimire Herard freelanced for the National Senior Living Providers Network, (, the Guidance Channel and Under CD Publications, Ms. Herard wrote about senior health, substance abuse prevention, and elderly housing. Under Inside Washington Publishers, she covered health care financing for Inside HCFA and food and product safety issues for FDAWeek. Ms. Herard also covered education, crime, and county affairs for daily newspapers such as the Chicago Defender. She currently covers senior long-term care, the pharmaceutical industry and issues and education. Ms. Herard resides in Chicago.

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