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AcipHex is the brand name of the medication rabeprazole, a protein pump inhibitor that works by lowering the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is usually prescribed as a short-term treatment for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) symptoms in children older than 1 year old and adults. AcipHex may be prescribed to adults for conditions involving excessive stomach acid, or to assist in the healing of some types of ulcers, esophagus erosion, or given in conjunction with antibiotics for some bacterial infection ulcers. This medication is not intended for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
As with any medication, you should take AcipHex in the exact manner that your doctor prescribes it to you. This medication is usually prescribed for a term of four to eight weeks, and your doctor may sometimes prescribe a second course of treatment depending on the situation. This medication is not approved for use in anyone under the age of one year old. You should take AcipHex with a full glass of water. Depending on the condition that it is prescribed for, your doctor may tell you to take AcipHex with or without food.
If you are taking the tablet form, you should avoid chewing, breaking, or crushing the tablet. If prescribed the delayed release capsule, you should not swallow it whole, but open the capsule over a spoon of apple sauce or yogurt and swallow it immediately without chewing. Store the medication away from heat and moisture at room temperature.
Before taking this medication, make sure that your doctor is aware of any medications, vitamins, or supplements that you are currently taking, as well as your updated medical history. Your doctor will use this information to determine of this medication is safe for you to take. If you think that you may be experiencing an overdose, heart attack, or allergic reaction, you should call your doctor or seek emergency medical help. It is unknown if this medication is safe to take while pregnant or breast feeding. Talk to your doctor about the risks if you are pregnant or breastfeeding while taking this medication.
You should call your doctor right away if you have a serious reaction such as: low magnesium levels, worsening lupus symptoms, seizures, severe stomach pain, watery or bloody stool, trouble with movement or pain in the back, hips, or wrists, kidney problems, or signs of bleeding. Taking this medication long-term may result in stomach growths or vitamin B-12 deficiencies. Talk to your doctor about these risks.
Common side effects of AcipHex may include some of the following:
The generic alternative name of AcipHex is rabeprazole.
Some side effects of AcipHex may include diarrhea, constipation, headaches, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain.