Aciphex
Last Edited: April 16th, 2012

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Aciphex, also known as Rabeprazole, is a medicine that helps to decrease the amount of stomach acid that is produced in the stomach. Aciphex is used for conditions that involve the production of excessive stomach acid such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It may be also be used in conjunction with other treatments to eliminate bacteria to help reduce the symptoms of ulcers. In addition to decreasing the amount of stomach acid, it is also used to help heal any damage that may occur to the stomach and esophagus as a result of acid reflux disease.

Aciphex works to relieve symptoms of acid reflux such as heartburn, chronic cough and difficulty swallowing; however, it is not intended to deliver immediate relief of these symptoms and should be used exactly as prescribed to receive maximum results. Other acid reflux symptoms that may be treated with Aciphex include belching and a bad taste left in the throat due to regurgitation. It may also be used to treat more serious symptoms such as bleeding from the stomach or esophagus.

Individuals that suffer from these symptoms twice a week or more can consult a doctor to see if Aciphex is right for them. The duration of treatment and dosage amount will depend on the patient’s medical condition and their response to the treatment. It is advised to continue taking Aciphex for the entire prescribed amount of time even if symptoms appear to have improved significantly. As with any medication, contact a doctor immediately if symptoms get worse or do not appear to get better.

Some of the side effects that may occur after taking Aciphex may include headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas and sore throat. People who experience more serious side effects such as abnormal heartbeats, dizziness, weakness of muscles, cramping, tremors or seizures should consult medical help immediately as these may be indications of low magnesium levels. Although it is very rare, a severe allergic reaction can occur and may include symptoms such as itching and/or swelling, rash, difficulty breathing and extreme dizziness.

It is advised to inform the doctor of any allergies prior to taking Aciphex. In addition, patients should inform their doctor or pharmacist of their medical history to avoid any potential problems that may occur. Because Aciphex is classified as a proton pump inhibitor, the risk for bone fractures may be increased particularly in the wrist, spine and hip. This risk may be increased for older patients who take a higher dosage for a longer period of time. A vitamin D or calcium supplement may be recommended to prevent any injuries or bone loss.

While taking Aciphex, the doctor may periodically monitor the patient’s progress and check for any side effects. It is best to take it at or around the same time every day. Never take more than prescribed. If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible; however, if the missed dose is near the time of the next one, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose to resume the regular dosing schedule. Ask the doctor or pharmacist about properly discarding any remaining Aciphex after treatment has ended.