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Rabeprazole

Rabeprazole

What is rabeprazole?

Rabeprazole oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand-name drug Aciphex. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as the brand-name drug.

Rabeprazole also comes as an oral capsule. Both the rabeprazole tablet and capsule are delayed-release forms. This means the medication is slowly released into your body over time.

Why it’s used

Rabeprazole is used to treat several gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. These include:

Heartburn and other symptoms related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD occurs when acid in your stomach backs up into your esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach). This can cause a burning feeling in the chest or throat, a sour taste in the mouth, or burping.

Duodenal ulcers (sores in the first part of the small intestine), including ulcers caused by the bacterium H. pylori.

Conditions that cause the stomach to make too much acid. These include a rare condition called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Rabeprazole is used to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat and stomach) in adults and children 1 year of age and older. Rabeprazole is used to treat damage from GERD, allow the esophagus to heal, and prevent further damage to the esophagus in adults. Rabeprazole is also used to treat conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome in adults. Rabeprazole is used to treat ulcers (sores in the lining of the stomach or intestine) and is used in combination with other medications to eliminate H. pylori, a bacteria that causes ulcers in adults. Rabeprazole is in a class of medications called proton-pump inhibitors. It works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain laboratory tests before and during your treatment, especially if you have severe diarrhea..

Before having any laboratory test, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are taking rabeprazole.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Who can and can't take rabeprazole

Rabeprazole can be taken by adults but it is not generally recommended in pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Rabeprazole isn't suitable for some people. To make sure that it is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

had an allergic reaction to rabeprazole or any other medicines in the past

a lactose intolerance (where your body can't digest the sugar lactose) - some rabeprazole tablets contain small amounts of lactose.

How long will I take it for?

Depending on your illness, you may only take it for a few weeks or months. Sometimes you might need to take it for longer, even many years.

Some people don't need to take rabeprazole every day and take it only when they have symptoms. Once you feel better (often after a few days or weeks), you can stop taking it. Taking rabeprazole in this way is not suitable for everyone though. Speak to your doctor about what's best for you.

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