Rabeprazole
   

Rabeprazole
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(ra BE pray zole)

Brand Names
AcipHex™

Therapeutic Categories
Gastric Acid Secretion Inhibitor

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to rabeprazole or any other part of the medicine.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used for the treatment of ulcers of the small intestine, healing and maintenance treatment of the esophagus (swallowing pipe) in gastroesophageal reflux disease, and long-term treatment of situations where the stomach is producing large amounts of acid, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.


How does it work?

  • Rabeprazole decreases stomach acid secretion.


How is it best taken?

  • Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an upset stomach.
  • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
  • Take at a similar time everyday.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor). Can worsen symptoms of condition being treated.
  • Avoid caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate intake. Can worsen symptoms of condition being treated.
  • Ask healthcare provider about use of aspirin, aspirin-containing products, ibuprofen or like products, other blood thinners (warfarin, ticlopidine, clopidogrel), garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, vitamin E.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Do not use if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.


What should I monitor?

  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Blood in the stool or toilet bowl, vomiting blood, or coughing up blood.
  • Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
  • Severe diarrhea.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store in a tight container at room temperature. Protect from moisture.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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