AcipHex (rabeprazole) is a medication intended for the treatment of conditions caused by the production of excessive amounts of acid in the stomach, including such conditions as gastroesophageal reflux disease, ulcers and some other ones.
- How does it work?
This is an efficient proton pump inhibitor whose effects are based on decreasing the amounts of acid produced in the stomach, therefore relieving the most annoying and bothersome symptoms of ulcers and GERD.
- How this medication needs to be taken
This medicine comes in tablets for oral administration and is intended for short-term treatment (from 4 to 8 weeks usually), although your health care provider may recommend taking it for longer than that. Make sure you do not take this medication for longer without first discussing it with your doctor to make sure you are getting all the benefits and do not experience any serious side effects. When you will need to take AcipHex depends on what you are taking it for – if it is taken for ulcers, it's best to take it after you have a meal in the morning.
If you have been told to combine it with other medications – take it twice a day exactly as directed and do not exceed the dose recommended, as you are not going to increase the effectiveness of your treatment this way. If you did not visit your health care provider before starting the treatment – make sure you always read the prescription label very carefully to check for the most important information on the drugs uses and side effects, as well as possible drug interactions. The pills of AcipHex are not supposed to be chewed or crushed – you need to take them whole with a full glass of water to make sure the medication starts dissolving only once in your mouth.
- What you should discuss with your doctor before taking AcipHex
Make sure you talk to your health care provider about the history of liver disease, as this may be important in determining your dosage and dosing schedule. If you suddenly get pregnant when taking this medication – talk to your health care provider about the possibility of carrying on with the treatment. You are not normally supposed to follow any dietary recommendations, although your health care provider may give a few recommendations that it's best to observe very carefully.
- AcipHex possible side effects
Sometimes people taking this medication may experience side effects that are likely to go away, but sometimes continue and get more bothersome. In that case the best thing to do is to talk to your doctor about a dose adjustment – as this is likely to make the symptoms go away. Make sure you report any of the following side effects to your health care provider if they persist and interfere with your everyday life: headache, vomiting, insomnia, dizziness, increased or decreased appetite, muscle or bone pain, diarrhea, dry mouth, drowsiness, constipation, upset stomach, stomach pain.
- Drugs AcipHex can interfere with
Make sure you are not taking any of the following medications at the moment, as AcipHex has been reported to interact with some of them: rabeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole, cyclosporine, clopidogrel, atazanavir, blood thinners, clopidogrel, digoxin, and ketoconazole. In some cases you will be unable to take this drug at all, while in other cases your dose will need to be adjusted. If you intend to take any new medications – make sure your health care provider knows about it in advance, as this may be important for your treatment.
- AcipHex missed dose
If you happened to miss a dose of this medication, make sure you take it as soon as you remember, However, if it's almost time for the next dose, you can simply skip the one you missed and go back to the normal dosing schedule. Try not to miss your doses too often, as this can make your treatment less efficient as the medicine will not be at the same level in your bloodstream and you will not experience the beneficial effects of it.
- AcipHex and pregnancy
AcipHex is FDA pregnancy category B. This category is used for medications whose effects on unborn and nursing babies have not been studied properly. This means that you are not supposed to be taking this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or intend to get pregnant or breastfeed, without previously talking to your health care provider. AcipHex may potentially pass into breast milk, but its effects on the health of an unborn baby have not been determined so far. It's important to discuss all the risks and benefits with your health care provider to make sure your baby is going to be safe and no serious side effects are going to take place.
- Additional information
Never share this medication with other people – especially those to whom it was not prescribed. Other people may have different conditions that may prevent them from safely taking AcipHex, so they all need to be examined by their health care provider.