Heartburn and GERD
Oral tablet, gastro-resistant
RABEPRAZOLE (ra BE pray zole) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), certain ulcers, inflammation of the esophagus, and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.
AcipHex may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions
Take this medicine by mouth. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, break, or chew. You may take this medicine with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take more often than directed.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of AcipHex contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: AcipHex is only for you. Do not share AcipHex with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
bone, muscle or joint pain
chest pain or chest tightness
dark yellow or brown urine
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded
fever or sore throat
rash on cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects for AcipHex. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Source: FDA
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
-amiophylline or theophylline
-itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole, or other prescription medicines for fungus or yeast infections
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-low levels of magnesium in the blood
-an unusual or allergic reaction to rabeprazole, esomeprazole, omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
It can take several days before your stomach pain gets better. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better, or if it gets worse.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine may cause a decrease in vitamin B12. You should make sure that you get enough vitamin B12 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.