Medical symbolDirectory of Drugs: Prescription symbol Aciphex - rabeprazole sodium

Brand Name: Aciphex
Active Ingredient: rabeprazole sodium
Strength(s): 20mg
Dosage Form(s): Delayed-release tablets
Company Name: Eisai Inc.
Availability: Prescription only
*Date Approved by the FDA: August 19, 1999
*Approval by FDA does not mean that the drug is available for consumers at this time

What is Aciphex used for?
Aciphex is used for:
1. short-term healing of a gradual breakdown (erosion) or sore (ulceration) in the esophagus which may be caused by the backward flow of gastric acid from the stomach into the esophagus (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD);
2. maintenance of healing of erosive or ulcerative GERD;
3. treatment of daytime and nighttime heartburn and other symptoms associated with GERD;
4. short-term (up to 4 weeks) healing of an ulcer in the duodenum;
5. elimination of Helicobacter pylori, in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin, to reduce the risk of duodenal ulcer recurrence in patients with a current duodenal ulcer or a duodenal ulcer in the past 5 years;
6. medical conditions that result in the body secreting too much acid, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
General Precautions with Aciphex:
Aciphex does not work for everyone. Improvement in your symptoms does not prevent you from having other stomach-related medical conditions.
What should tell my doctor or health care provider?
Because Aciphex lowers the level of acid in your stomach, certain other medications can interact with Aciphex. Review all medications that you are taking with your health care provider, including those that you take without a prescription.
Tell your health care provider if you are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
What are some possible side effects of Aciphex? (This is not a complete list of side effects reported with Aciphex. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
Aciphex is generally well tolerated. The most common side effect is headache.
Your health care provider can discuss with you a complete list of possible side effects.
For more detailed information about Aciphex, ask your health care provider.

Date created: April 7, 2000

Last Updated: December 29. 2004

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