Aciphex
DESCRIPTION

Aciphex is a drug used to treat conditions such as acid reflux and ulcers. It is commonly referred to as Rabeprazole in the medical field.

How it works

This medication belongs to a group of drugs known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). These medications work by lowering the amount of acid created by the stomach.

Uses

Aciphex is useful in treating acid reflux and ulcers, which are common stomach and esophagus problems. This medication can alleviate certain symptoms such as heartburn and difficulty swallowing. The medication is useful in preventing cancer of esophagus too.

Dosage

If you are taking this medication in tablet form, you can take one or two doses a day, by mouth. You can consume the medication with or without food. It is important to swallow the tablet whole with water. Do not chew or bite the drug under any circumstances. Doing so can release the entire drug inside your mouth. This, in turn, will increase the risk of side effects to a greater degree.

If you are consuming this drug in the form of capsules, take the medication 30 minutes before you have your meal. Do not swallow this capsule whole. Open it and sprinkle the content on any soft food or liquid. It is best to use applesauce. Once the mixture is prepared, you need to consume it within 15 minutes. Do not store it for later.

The dosage will be determined according to a number of factors such as the uniqueness of your condition and the way you respond to the treatment. Among children, the dosage is generally based according to weight.

If need be, it is possible for you to consume anti-acids along with this treatment. Make sure to consume this medication at least 30 minutes before you consume an anti-acid.

Side effects

There is a high likelihood for you to experience persistent headaches during the course of the treatment. Although this might go away soon, it is important to contact a physician if they persist.

A rare, but serious, side effect of this medication is the low magnesium blood level. Common symptoms of this condition include unusually fast or slow heartbeat, seizures and unusual muscle spasms.

You might also experience an intestinal condition due to the influence of bacteria. If you develop persistent diarrhea, fever or abdominal pain, inform your physician as soon as possible.

Precautions

It is essential to follow the necessary precautionary methods to keep yourself safe during the treatment period.

Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used in the medication.
If you have suffered from a liver disease in the past, inform your physician.
If you experience any serious side effects, make sure to get immediate medical attention.

Self-care

If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, make sure to use this medication wisely. Do not consume it more than necessary.

It is not sure whether this medication be passed on to infants via breast milk. However, since similar drugs possess this ability, it is best to avoid breastfeeding during the course of the treatment to ensure your infant’s health.

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