Can taking Prevacid reduce levels of vitamin B12?

Taking Prevacid (lansoprazole) may lower your body's levels of vitamin B12. Lansoprazole, a type of drug called a proton pump inhibitor, reduces stomach acid, which your body needs to absorb vitamin B12.

If you take lansoprazole for a long time, you may increase your risk for vitamin B12 deficiency. Symptoms of deficiency include anemia, weakness, confusion, balance problems and nerve damage that can lead to tingling and numbness in your hands and feet.

A simple blood test can measure vitamin B12 levels and determine if you are at risk for deficiency. Talk to your doctor about whether this is right for you.

There have been a number of reports of low B12 levels from people while taking proton pump inhibitors(PPIs) like lansoprazole(prevacid). Most common symptoms included tingling in the feet / toes, sometimes difficulty concentrating ... a simple blood test with your doctor makes it easy to investigate.

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