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Prevacid is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It works by reducing stomach acid production. This allows the ulcers to heal. In some cases, it is used in tandem with amoxicillin or with a combination of amoxicillin and clarithromycin. This combination works to destroy the ulcer-causing bacteria H. pylori. A short-term dosage of 15 milligrams of Prevacid is sometimes prescribed to prevent ulcers, or to prevent a reoccurrence of ulcers.
Peptic ulcer is the term used to describe both stomach and duodenal (first portion of the small intestine) ulcers. Peptic ulcers are caused by a disruption in the natural barriers of the stomach and intestine to prevent acid related injury.
Prevacid is part of a family of medications called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). These medications "turn off" the acid pumps in your stomach and allow natural healing of peptic ulcers.
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