Aciphex (Rabeprazole Sodium)

What is Aciphex?

Aciphex belongs to a group of proton pump inhibitors that reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. It is frequently used to treat GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) in children above 1 year old and adults. It is commonly prescribed for patients suffering from excessive stomach acid production disorders. Additionally, it can be recommended as an antibiotic that warns gastric ulcer. Aciphex can also be given in cases not mentioned in the information leaflet.


Recommendations for Use

Take Aciphex just as prescribed by the doctor. Never change or adjust the dose on your own. It is not recommended to prolong the treatment course as it can be dangerous for the general health condition.

The medication should be taken orally, once a day, during 4-8 weeks. It may be repeatedly prescribed by the doctor to confirm the effect. Take the pill with water, with or without food. Swallow the tablet as it is, without breaking or crashing it. Call for assistance once your symptoms do not get better or even aggravate. Never double Aciphex dose, as it can lead to drug overuse and stimulate the appearance of multiple negative side effects. If you have missed one dose, take it as soon as possible, but omit it if the next one should be taken within several hours.

Precautions and Contraindications

Primarily to the medication intake consult your healthcare provider and inform him/her about all the health conditions you have. It will help you eliminate the risks of meeting contraindications and violating precautions. Aciphex should not be used if you have an allergy to the active component of the drug or any other ingredients. Besides, it is not recommended to start the treatment course if you have:

- Osteoporosis;

- Low magnesium levels in your blood;

- Serious liver problems;

- Osteopenia, etc.

Despite high safety levels of the medication, it is not advised for use by pregnant and breastfeeding women due to a possible negative impact on the health of an unborn or nursing baby. Additionally, Aciphex intake can lead to wrist, hip or spine fracture, especially in people over 50 and the ones taking the medicine for a very long period of time. It is prohibited to give Aciphex to children without a prescription.

Drug Interactions

Tell your pharmacist if you take any other medications to avoid possible outcomes of drug interactions. Pay exceptional attention to pills, including:

- digoxin, digitalis;

- diazepam (Valium);

- phenytoin;

- methotrexate;

- atazanavir;

- amoxicillin;

- mycophenolate mofetil

- cyclosporine and other drugs, herbals or supplements.

Side Effects

Aciphex can produce a number of common downsides that serve a normal reaction of the organism to the new medication. Such minor side effects include headaches, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach, pain, sore throat and others. However, the violation of safety rules, contraindications and precautions can cause more severe reactions, such as allergic hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, serious stomach aches, convulsions, kidney/liver damage, etc. Seek emergency medical assistance if youve got any of these complications.