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amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and lansoprazole (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and lansoprazole (Prevpac)?

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox, Dispermox), clarithromycin (Biaxin), lansoprazole (Prevacid), or to any of the following antibiotics:

Taking any of the following medicines together with amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and lansoprazole can cause a life-threatening side effect on your heart:

  • cisapride (Propulsid);
  • ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Ercaf, Migergot);
  • dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal Nasal Spray); or
  • pimozide (Orap).

To make sure amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and lansoprazole is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease;
  • myasthenia gravis; or
  • if you are allergic to any drugs (especially an antibiotic).

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and lansoprazole will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

This medication can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and lansoprazole.

How should I take amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and lansoprazole (Prevpac)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Each dose of this combination medication contains 4 pills ( 3 capsules and 1 tablet). Take all 4 pills twice daily before you eat, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open the pills. Swallow each pill whole. You may swallow the pills one at a time.

Take this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Amoxicillin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and lansoprazole.

Store at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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