What is Rabeprazole?
Rabeprazole is a drug which leads to lower acid production in the stomach. It belongs to a family of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. This medication will however not give immediate relief from heartburn. Rabeprazole is sold under various trade names, some of which are Achiphex and Razo (made by Dr. Reddy?s Laboratories)
Rabeprazole is prescribed for people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other similar conditions characterized by excessive amount of acid production in the stomach such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This medication is also prescribed for the treatment of erosive esophagitis, a condition in which the stomach acid reaches the esophagus and damages it.?
Rabeprazole may also be advised along with an antibiotic to prevent gastric ulcer due to infection with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). This medication may also be advised for conditions not listed above.
Important Information about Rabeprazole
You should not take Rabeprazole medication (Achiphex, Razo) if you are allergic to its active ingredient Rabeprazole or similar drugs like esomeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole, or omeprazole. This medication will not grant instant relief if you have heartburn due to acid reflux.
Heartburn is often misunderstood as the initial symptoms of a heart attack. Get immediate and urgent medical attention if you have chest pain with pain advancing to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.
Some acidic conditions are treated with a combination of Rabeprazole and antibiotics. Always follow the directions of your doctor. A patient leaflet is provided with all medications. Read the instructions in them carefully. Do not alter the prescribed dosages in any way. Complete the full course of Raberprazole even if your symptoms have subsided.
Before taking Rabeprazole
Take care of all precautions and points mentioned above before taking Rabeprazole (Achiphex, Razo) and discuss them with your doctor and clarify any doubts you may have about it. Notify your doctor beforehand if you have severe liver disease or magnesium deficiency so that he or she can judge whether it is safe for you to take Rabeprazole.
Taking a proton pump inhibitor like Rabeprazole may put you on a risk of bone fracture in hip, wrist, or spine. This side effect has been observed in people who have taken the medication for a long time or at high doses, and in those who are 50 years or age or more. It is not known properly if Rabeprazole is the actual reason behind the risk of bone fractures. Make sure to inform your doctor if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone mineral density).
Rabeprazole is an FDA pregnancy category B drug which means it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby if it is taken during pregnancy. Notify your doctor about your pregnancy or any plan to become pregnant in the near future. It is not known if Rabeprazole can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Never take this medication without your doctor?s advice if you are breast feeding.
How should I take Rabeprazole?
You must take Rabeprazole medication (Achiphex, Razo) strictly as prescribed by your doctor and no change in the dosage must be made whatsoever without your doctor?s advice. Rabeprazole?s normal prescription period is normally for 4 to 8 weeks only. A second course may be recommended depending on your condition. In the case of H. pylori infection, this medication may be required for only 7 days. Always follow your doctor?s directions.
Take Rabeprazole medication with a glass of water. It may be taken with or without food. Avoid crushing, breaking, or chewing a Rabeprazole tablet. Instead swallow it whole. Breaking a tablet may lead to too much medication release at one time. Always store Rabeprazole in a cool and dry place.?
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Rabeprazole, take it as soon as you remember. Don?t take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be dangerous.
What if I overdose?
In case of an overdose of Rabeprazole, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immediately.
Things and Activities to avoid while taking Rabeprazole
Rabeprazole medication (Achiphex, Razo) can cause diarrhea, which may indicate a new infection. If you have a watery or bloody diarrhea, stop taking Rabeprazole and seek medical help immediately. Don?t take medication for diarrhea without your doctor?s advice.?
Your doctor may advise some restrictions regarding food, beverages and activities. Obey him or her strictly.
Side Effects of Rabeprazole
Get emergency medical help if you get some allergic reactions to Rabeprazole (Achiphex, Razo) like skin hives, breathing difficulty, swelling in face, lips, tongue, or throat.?
Rabeprazole may lead to low magnesium, symptoms of which are dizziness, confusion, feeling jittery, irregular and fast heart rate, jerking muscle movements, watery or bloody diarrhea, muscle cramps or weakness, limp feeling, cough or choking, or seizure. Stop taking Rabeprazole if you get those symptoms and contact your doctor right away.
Some less serious side effects of Rabeprazole are headache, rash or itching on skin, upset stomach, insomnia, or mild diarrhea.
The side effects mentioned above are not all the side effects reported or experienced due to Rabeprazole.
Rabeprazole Dosing Information
Rabeprazole dosage will be fixed by your doctor after examining you properly. Dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Stick to your doctor?s prescription strictly.?
Interaction with other drugs
Certain drugs can interact with Rabeprazole (Achiphex, Razo) such as an anti-coagulant like warfarin, atazanavir, digoxin, a diuretic, ketoconazole, methotrexate, or cyclosporine.
The drugs mentioned thus are not all the possible drugs which can interact with Rabeprazole. There may be others as well. Share the list of all type of medications and related products which you are using with your doctor and never start a new medication without his or her advice.