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Aciphex (Rabeprazole Sodium) is an oral medication used in treating cases where there is excess stomach acid. Most medical situations where Rabeprazole Sodium is commonly prescribed are with peptic ulcer disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Rabeprazole Sodium is classified as a proton pump inhibitor and reduces the amount of stomach acid the body makes providing long lasting relief.
Rabeprazole is taken orally once daily with a glass of water. Rabeprazole Sodium can be taken with or without food based on the treatment scenario, and should be taken at the same time everyday to build a routine. The duration of the treatment is typically 4 to 8 weeks and could be extended based on the patients results and the doctors recommendation.
Take the tablets whole and do not attempt to break apart the tablet as it could increase the risk of side effects. Make sure to monitor vitamin B-12 and magnesium levels as they could become deficient with long term use of Rabeprazole.
For missed doses take Rabeprazole as soon as you remember. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, skip it to avoid double dosing and continue your regular schedule.
Before a treatment with Rabeprazole check to make sure there are no known allergies based on the ingredient list found on the packaging. If you are taking medication to treat HIV-1, it is not recommended to use Rabeprazole. Check with your doctor for any known liver problems or magnesium deficiencies before entering a treatment with Rabeprazole.
PPI's have few side effects, however, the most common are:
Serious side effects can come from interactions with Warfarin (blood thinners). This can lead pain, swelling, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, cuts that take a long time to heal, pink or brown urine, red or black stool, coughing or vomiting blood. Make sure to consult with your doctor if you are currently using Warfarin before taking Rabeprazole.
Q: Can I take antacids while taking Rabeprazole Sodium?
A: Yes antacids can be taken along side Rabeprazole Sodium.
Q: Can I take this while pregnant or nursing?
A: It is not recommended to take Rabeprazole Sodium while pregnant or breast feeding. Consult your doctor for recommendations to help with acid reflux and GERD.
Q: How do I store and dispose of this medication?
A: Store the tablets in the container given to you by your pharmacist at room temperature. Disposing of this medication should be done if there are any unused tablets after 6 months or if the expiry date has passed. Disposing of this medication should be done in a way that avoids direct contact with children or pets. Do not flush the medication down the toilet, and seek out pharmaceutical take-back programs if they are available in your local area.
Q: What if I have to take antibiotics while taking Rabeprazole Sodium?
A: Make sure to read the information provided to you by the pharmacist before you combine any antibiotics that have been prescribed along side Rabeprazole.
Q: In case of allergies what are the active and inactive ingredients?
A: The active ingredient is Rabeprazole Sodium and the inactive ingredients are as followed: carnauba wax, crospovidone, diacetylated monoglycerides, ethylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose phthalate, magnesium stearate, mannitol, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, sodium stearyl fumarate, talc, and titanium dioxide. Iron oxide yellow or red is the coloring agent for the tablet coating.
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