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All about: Rabeprazole

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Generic Name: Rabeprazole (ra-BEP-ra-zole)
Brand Name: Aciphex

Rabeprazole is used for:

Treating heartburn or irritation of the esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It may be used for short-term treatment of ulcers of the small intestine. It may be used with certain antibiotics to treat ulcers of the small intestines and to help prevent them from coming back. It may be used to treat conditions that cause your body to make too much stomach acid (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Rabeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Do NOT use Rabeprazole if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Rabeprazole or to similar medicines (eg, omeprazole)
  • you are taking an HIV protease inhibitor (eg, atazanavir)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Rabeprazole :

Some medical conditions may interact with Rabeprazole . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems or stomach or bowel cancer

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Rabeprazole . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Clarithromycin or voriconazole because they may increase the risk of Rabeprazole 's side effects
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), cyclosporine, or digoxin because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Rabeprazole
  • Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir), or iron because their effectiveness may be decreased by Rabeprazole

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Rabeprazole may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Rabeprazole :

Use Rabeprazole as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Rabeprazole by mouth with or without food.
  • Swallow Rabeprazole whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • You may take antacids while you are taking Rabeprazole if you are directed to do so by your doctor.
  • If you also take an imidazole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole), take it at least 2 hours before taking Rabeprazole .
  • If you also take sucralfate, take Rabeprazole at least 30 minutes before taking sucralfate.
  • Continue to take Rabeprazole even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Rabeprazole , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Rabeprazole .

Important safety information:

  • Rabeprazole may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Rabeprazole with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing.
  • Rabeprazole may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Rabeprazole .
  • Rabeprazole should be used with extreme caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in these patients.
  • Rabeprazole should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Rabeprazole while you are pregnant. It is not known if Rabeprazole is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Rabeprazole .

Possible side effects of Rabeprazole :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Headache.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent stomach pain; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Rabeprazole :

Store Rabeprazole at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Rabeprazole out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Rabeprazole , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Rabeprazole is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Rabeprazole . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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