Aciphex (generic name: Rabeprazole Sodium) is a drug which is prescribed for the treatment of the symptoms of gastrointestinal reflux disease and heartburn. Acid reflux disease is when the stomach acid flows back (refluxes) into the esophagus (food pipe). When this happens more than twice per week, you may have gastroesophageal acid reflux disease. It is also prescribed for other conditions which involve high levels of stomach acid including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Aciphex is a proton pump inhibitor and works by helping to heal damage to the esophagus caused by stomach acid, as well a decreasing aid in the stomach, and reducing the symptoms of heartburn and other acid reflux diseases. It is also sometimes prescribed in conjunction with other antibacterial drugs as an antibiotic to help prevent gastric ulcers caused by helicobacter pylori.
Aciphex Side Effects:
You should follow As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Aciphex including rashes, itching, headache, upset stomach, insomnia, diarrhea and nervousness or anxiety. More serious side effects may include swelling of the face, throat and mouth, difficulty breathing and hives. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Aciphex to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. Aciphex comes in tablet form. You should swallow Aciphex whole with a glass of water and can be taken with or without food. Aciphex is not usually prescribed for more than 8 weeks. Aciphex should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Aciphex, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including liver or kidney disease and osteoporosis. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Aciphex, including digoxin, blood thinners such as warfarin, atazanavir, cyclosporine, clopidogrel and ketoconazole. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Aciphex may cause harm to unborn and new born babies. Achipex may increase the risk of bone fractures. It is therefore not recommended for patients with osteoporosis.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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