Aciphex (rabeprazole) is an oral medication indicated in adults for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), duodenal ulcers, and pathological hypersecretory conditions, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It also alleviates symptoms such as heartburn, dysphagia or difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough.
This delayed-release proton pump inhibitor blocks the final stage of gastric acid secretion. It suppresses gastric acid secretion by inhibiting hydrogen-potassium adenosine triphosphatase at the secretory surface of the epithelial cells in the stomach that secretes hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor.
Read the medication and prescription guide before starting to use Aciphex medication. Follow the exact dosage and frequency prescribed by your physician. This drug is available in Aciphex tablet 10mg and 20mg.
If you are prescribed with Aciphex tablet, you can take it orally, with or without food. Swallow the whole tablet. Do not cut, crush, or chew the medication to prevent releasing the drug all at once, leading to increased adverse effects.
Take this oral drug regularly and at the same time of the day, every day, to avoid missing a dose. If you miss an Aciphex dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is nearly time for your next scheduled dose, disregard the missed dose and resume your next scheduled dose. Do not take two tablets or capsules simultaneously to avoid overdose.
Some of the common Aciphex side effects you may experience are:
These common side effects of Aciphex usually go away without any intervention. On the other hand, some serious adverse reactions to watch out for are severe dizziness, abnormal brain function, hepatitis, irregular heartbeat, seizures, severe muscle spasm, rash on nose and cheeks, and joint pain. Once you observe any of these adverse reactions, you have to consult your doctor right away.
Avoid taking Aciphex if you have a known allergy to rabeprazole or similar drugs like omeprazole and lansoprazole or any inactive ingredients this oral medication may have. Some signs that you are developing an allergic reaction are skin itchiness or hives, skin rash, swelling of the face, and difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these signs, discontinue medication and seek emergency help.
Talk to your doctor about any present medical condition you have or if you have a history of liver disease and lupus. Some conditions and medications you are taking may affect how you respond to Aciphex.
With prolonged use and higher doses, Aciphex may increase your risk for bone fractures. Your physician may recommend you to take calcium and vitamin D supplements. In addition, practice ways to prevent bone loss and fractures.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Aciphex?
Aciphex is an oral proton pump inhibitor used to treat GERD, duodenal ulcer, etc.
Aciphex vs. Nexium – which is better?
Aciphex and Nexium are both proton pump inhibitors. Both medications are not recommended for long-term use.
Can I take other antacids with Aciphex?
Yes, you may take Aciphex along with some other antacids prescribed by your physician.
Is Aciphex safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?
There is still no firm evidence as to whether this medication is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
How much does Aciphex cost?
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