Aciphex (rabeprazole) belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. It decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. The stomach contains tiny pumps (called proton pumps) that produce acid. Aciphex works by binding to the proton pumps, stopping them from producing acid. This medication is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid. It also promotes healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid). Aciphex may also be given with an antibiotic to prevent gastric ulcer caused by infection.
We currently have the brand Parit from India manufactured by GSK and the brand Pariet from Canada by Janssen-Ortho. The generic Rabium comes from India manufactured by Intas. It may come from other international suppliers. Aciphex is available in tablet form and strengths of: 10mg, 20mg.
Stop using the medication and call your doctor immediately if you have any of these side effects:
• Cough or choking feeling;
• Diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
• Dizziness or confusion;
• Fast and uneven heart rate;
• Feeling nervous;
• Muscle weakness or cramps;
• Sudden muscle movements.
Common side effects include:
• A rash or itching;
• Insomnia or nervousness;
• Upset stomach, mild diarrhea
Rabeprazole is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. To make sure you can safely take this medication, inform your doctor if you have severe liver disease or low magnesium levels in your blood. Aciphex is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether rabeprazole passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Aciphex without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Rabeprazole may interact with some medications such as clopidogrel, cyclosporine, digoxin, chlorothiazide, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, torsemide, etc.
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