Generic Aciphex 20mg
Aciphex is a drug for treatment of conditions associated with gastric acidity disorders, including stomach and peptic ulcer disease, erosive esophagitis, gastrinoma and heartburn. It comes as extended release tablets with 20 mg of Rabeprazole Sodium in each. Tablets are administered orally q24h with the length of therapy from 4 to 16 weeks.
What is Aciphex?
This drug contains Rabeprazole, which belongs to the class of proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s). These substances directly block the action of the cells in the stomach responsible for synthesizing the stomach acid. They lower the amount of produced gastric acid and relieve the symptoms of conditions caused by its excess. Consequently Aciphex is used to treat stomach ulcers, esophagus erosion, and other conditions caused by acid reflux in the esophagus and excessive acid in the stomach.
What are the indications for using Aciphex?
The medication is optimal for use in patients with conditions related to high levels of stomach acid, diagnosed as ulcerative gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), symptomatic GERD (heartburn), duodenal ulcer, and gastric ulcer caused by H. pylori bacteria.
What is the dosage of Aciphex?
This medication is supplied in form of oral tablets with 20 mg of active component content. The usual dose for treatment of all conditions Aciphex is indicated for is one tablet per day, taken whole (it is not advised to chew the tablet before taking it). When used to relieve the symptoms of GERD initially, the therapy duration is at least four weeks. Additional courses may be prescribed if the symptoms have not resolved within that period of time.
What are the contraindications for using Aciphex?
Aciphex is not to be used in patients with allergy or hypersensitivity to the medication’s components. It is not recommended for use in patients with liver disease and undiagnosed stomach disorders, and in minors. Although the drug is not harmful to a fetus, you should inform the doctor about your pregnancy or whether you plan to become pregnant in the near future before beginning Aciphex therapy.
What are the adverse effects of Aciphex?
You may experience mild side effects like sore throat, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness, and insomnia. More severe side effects are very rare; nonetheless, you should inform your doctor about significant changes in your condition if they happened after you took Aciphex.