Rabeprazole Sodium

Rabeprazole Sodium

Rabeprazole Sodium is a prescription used for the treatment ofgastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcers.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease happens when stomach acidoften flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach. This backwashcan irritate the lining of your esophagus. This condition is mild acid refluxthat occurs at least twice a week or moderate to severe acid reflux that occursat least once a week. Some common signs and symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A burning sensation in your chest usually aftereating which might be worst at night
  • A sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid

Peptic ulcers are sores that develop in the lining of thestomach, small intestine, and lower esophagus. The most common peptic ulcer symptomis burning stomach pain. Stomach acid makes the pain worse as does having anempty stomach. The pain can frequently be relieved by eating certain foods thatbuffer stomach acid. The pain may be worse between meals and at night. Somesigns and symptoms of peptic ulcers include:

  • Fatty food intolerance
  • Burning stomach pain
  • Feeling of fullness, bloating, or belching
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn

Rabeprazole Sodium is in the class of medications called protonpump inhibitors (PPIs). This decreases the amount of acid produced in yourstomach. It relieves symptoms and helps heal acid damage to the stomach andesophagus. It also prevents ulcers and cancer of the esophagus. The U.S. Foodand Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this prescription. RabeprazoleSodium comes as a delayed-release tablet for oral use. Each tablet is availablein the dosage form of 20 mg.

How doesRabeprazole Sodium work?

Rabeprazole Sodium acts in the stomach that lessens the productionof stomach acid. Stomach acid is produced in the stomach as a normal part ofthe digestive process. Usually, the linings of the stomach and duodenum areprotected by a layer that resists attack from this acid. If this layer isdamaged or large amounts of stomach acid are formed, an ulcer can develop onthe lining of the stomach.

For the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, thismedication reduces the production of stomach acid. Hence, it also reduces theamount of acid in the stomach and duodenum.

In peptic ulcers, Rabeprazole Sodium stops excess acid flowingback into the food pipe. This allows the esophagus to heal reflux esophagitisand allows the healing of peptic ulcers.  

You should start to feel better within 2 to 3 days. But it maytake up to 4 weeks for this medication to work properly so you may still havesome symptoms during this time.

How touse Rabeprazole Sodium?

The prescribed dosage for this medication is based on yourmedical condition, age, and response to it. You must take the right dose, notmore or less. You should not stop taking this medication quickly without theconsent of your doctor. Your doctor may give you a lower dose to start andeventually increase it. It may cause another complication or may worsen yourcurrent condition. For the best benefit from this product, take it regularly.

Rabeprazole Sodium is usually taken 1 to 2 times a day or asdirected by your doctor. Each dose may be taken with or without a meal. Eachtablet will be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Swallow the tablet asa whole. Do not break, chew, or crush it. Drink plenty of fluids while havingthis treatment. Doing so may lessen the risk of certain side effects. Rememberto take it at the same time and in the same way each day. If you missed a dose,take it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose,skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not doublethe dose to make up for the missed dose. Let your doctor know if your conditiondoes not improve or if it gets worse.

What arethe side effects of Rabeprazole Sodium?

Common side effects:

  • Upset stomach
  • Rash or itching
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Cough
  • Back pain
  • Weakness or loss of strength
  • Disturbances of the gut such as constipation,diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, or vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Dry mouth
  • Leg cramps
  • Weight gain

Serious side effects:

  • Swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Hepatitis
  • Abnormal brain function or structure
  • Decreased number of white blood cells or plateletsin the blood
  • Taste disturbance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Visual disturbances
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Kidney inflammation
  • Flushing of the skin due to widening of the smallblood vessels
  • Inflammation of the sinuses

Call for emergency medical help if you have any signs of anallergic reaction:

  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
  • Hives
  • Trouble and difficulty breathing

Warningsand Precautions

  • As Rabeprazole Sodium lessens the acidity in thestomach, it may lead to a slightly increased risk of getting stomach infection.
  • Before using Rabeprazole Sodium, tell your doctorif you ever had any medical history especially of lupus and liver disease.
  • In people having long-term treatment with thisproduct, this may decrease the absorption of vitamin B12 from the gut into thebloodstream. Ask your doctor for information and advice about this.
  • This medication, if taken in high doses for longerthan a year may slightly increase the risk of breaking a bone in your hip orspine.
  • This should be used with caution in people withdecreased liver function. As well as in people with osteoporosis or who are atrisk of osteoporosis, this drug should be used carefully.
  • Rabeprazole Sodium is not recommended for use in children,pregnancy and breastfeeding women.
  • If you ever had an allergic reaction to this drug,let your doctor know right away. Tell as well if you have any allergies. Thisproduct may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
  • You should not share this with others even if theyhave the same disease as yours.