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Aciphex Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Pronunciation: rah BEH prah zole
Brand: Aciphex

RABEPRAZOLE (ACIPHEX™) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat symptoms and it also prevents injury to the esophagus or stomach in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or ulcers. It is also useful in conditions that produce too much stomach acid such as include Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It may also be used with antibiotics to get rid of bacteria that are associated with some ulcers.

Aciphex Dosage

  • If you have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), then the usual dose is 20 milligrams once a day for 4 to 8 weeks.
  • For Duodenal Ulcer, then the usual dose is 20 milligrams taken once daily after the morning meal for a period of up to 4 weeks.

Uses of Aciphex

  • Aciphex is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or heartburn), and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid production.
  • This medication may also be used in combination with antibiotics to treat various types of ulcers, that caused by bacterial infection.

Side Effects of Aciphex

Before taken Aciphex medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Aciphex. Side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Insomnia or nervousness
  • Rash or itching.

Warnings and precautions before taking Aciphex

  • Before using this medication, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially if you have severe liver disease, other stomach problems such as tumors.
  • Before taking rabeprazole, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs such as lansoprazole, omeprazole or if you have any other allergies.
  • It is not known whether rabeprazole passes into breast milk. Do not take rabeprazole without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Aciphex with certain other drugs, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of medicine. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Aciphex with the following:

  • Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)

After taken Aciphex if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Aciphex overdose are not known.

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