GERD Medications: Aciphex Oral

Aciphex Oral is a prescription medication that can be used to treat GERD. Read more about possible side effects and how this medication works.

Rabeprazole is the generic name for Aciphex Oral, a proton pump inhibitor that helps control acid reflux. Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, block acid production in the stomach. A decrease in stomach acid has been shown to reduce the frequency of acid reflux in some patients. Aciphex Oral can be prescribed to treat GERD, ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. For ulcer treatment, Aciphex Oral may be prescribed in conjunction with antibiotics.

Aciphex Oral is generally taken once per day. The pill should be swallowed whole and not chewed, crushed or broken in half.

Rabeprazole is well tolerated by most patients. Some people may experience a headache while taking this medication and should contact their doctor or pharmacist immediately if symptoms persist. Other rare but serious side effects that should be reported to a physician immediately include unusual weakness, sore tongue, numbness or tingling of the hands or feet, rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or difficulties breathing. These may be signs of a vitamin B-12 deficiency or allergic reaction to Aciphex Oral.

Before taking rabeprozole, tell your doctor if you have liver disease or a history of stomach problems, including stomach tumors.

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