Antacids and blood pressure medication

Q: Can you take an antacid such as prevacol while taking blood pressure medicine?

A: Prevachol is a cholesterol lowering drug, not an antacid. Prevacid is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), not an antacid. Antacids neutralize stomach acids while a PPI blocks their release. Prevacid does not interact with most blood pressure drugs. Recommended amounts of antacids, such as Tums or Rolaids, usually aren’t a problem with blood pressure medication. It is best to double-check with your pharmacist or doctor about an interaction with your specific drugs.

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