Rabeprazole Sodium

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

Gastroesophageal reflux disease happens when stomach acid often flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach. This backwash can irritate the lining of your esophagus. This condition is mild acid reflux that occurs at least twice a week or moderate to severe acid reflux that occurs at 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 after eating 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 the stomach, small intestine, and lower esophagus. The most common peptic ulcer symptom is burning stomach pain. Stomach acid makes the pain worse as does having an empty stomach. The pain can frequently be relieved by eating certain foods that buffer stomach acid. The pain may be worse between meals and at night. Some signs 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 proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). This decreases the amount of acid produced in your stomach. It relieves symptoms and helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus. It also prevents ulcers and cancer of the esophagus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this prescription. Rabeprazole Sodium comes as a delayed-release tablet for oral use. Each tablet is available in the dosage form of 20 mg.

How does Rabeprazole Sodium work?

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

For the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, this medication reduces the production of stomach acid. Hence, it also reduces the amount of acid in the stomach and duodenum.

In peptic ulcers, Rabeprazole Sodium stops excess acid flowing back into the food pipe. This allows the esophagus to heal reflux esophagitis and allows the healing of peptic ulcers.  

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

How to use Rabeprazole Sodium?

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

Rabeprazole Sodium is usually taken 1 to 2 times a day or as directed by your doctor. Each dose may be taken with or without a meal. Each tablet will be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Swallow the tablet as a whole. Do not break, chew, or crush it. Drink plenty of fluids while having this treatment. Doing so may lessen the risk of certain side effects. Remember to 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 double the dose to make up for the missed dose. Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.

What are the 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 platelets in 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 small blood vessels
  • Inflammation of the sinuses

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

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

Warnings and Precautions

  • As Rabeprazole Sodium lessens the acidity in the stomach, it may lead to a slightly increased risk of getting stomach infection.
  • Before using Rabeprazole Sodium, tell your doctor if you ever had any medical history especially of lupus and liver disease.
  • In people having long-term treatment with this product, this may decrease the absorption of vitamin B12 from the gut into the bloodstream. Ask your doctor for information and advice about this.
  • This medication, if taken in high doses for longer than a year may slightly increase the risk of breaking a bone in your hip or spine.
  • This should be used with caution in people with decreased liver function. As well as in people with osteoporosis or who are at risk 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. This product may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
  • You should not share this with others even if they have the same disease as yours.