The main active substance of Aciphex is Rabeprazole. The dosage form is delayed-release capsules in doses of 5, 10, and 20 mg.
What is Aciphex
The drug Aciphex is a benzimidazole derivative. It is an antisecretory and antiulcer drug. It affects plasma gastrin levels as well as enterochromaffin-like cells.
Aciphex: generic name
The generic name for Aciphex is Rabeprazole Sodium.
Clinical and pharmacological group of the drug: H± K± ATP inhibitor. Pharmacotherapeutic group: proton pump inhibitor. It also belongs to the group of drugs that reduce gastric gland secretion.
Indications for the administration of Aciphex
The main indication for the use of Aciphex is dyspeptic symptoms caused by increased acidity of the gastric juice. It is allowed to take the drug at gastroesophageal reflux, accompanied by sour belching and heartburn.
The Aciphex medication is contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation; glucose-galactose deficiency; fructose intolerance; isomaltase (or sucrose) deficiency; hypersensitivity to the main active substance or excipients of the medicinal product.
Side effects of Aciphex
The side effects of Aciphex generic are generally mild. Side effects may occur temporarily and may go away regardless of taking the drug. But you should consult your physician.
In most cases, patients complain of headaches. It has a migraine-like character. Occasionally, the pain is limited to a specific area, such as the back of the head, forehead, or temples. Some people complain of pain in the abdomen (it can be stabbing, or squeezing). This symptom may be combined with flatulence and loose stools (constipation or diarrhea).
Young people complain of severe dizziness, which may be accompanied by tinnitus and “black flies”. Peripheral edema sometimes occurs. Even more rarely, characteristic rashes appear on the skin (face, neck, décolleté area).
People with a history of bone and joint problems, as well as autoimmune pathologies, against the background of taking this drug, increase the risk of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus. In patients with cirrhosis, taking Aciphex generic increases the risk of hepatic encephalopathy.
Aciphex 20 mg is taken orally (preferably in the morning, before breakfast), 1 time/24 hours. The optimal daily dosage is 20 mg.
If there is no effect within the first three days, the patient should consult a physician. The maximum course of therapy (not including counseling) is 2 weeks.
Aciphex vs. Nexium
Nexium is a healing medication that is used for gastric ulcers caused by uncontrolled use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Aciphex is prescribed for excruciating heartburn and sour belching. Nexium can be taken for quite a long time – up to 4 weeks (in the dosages specified in the instructions for the drug). The maximum duration of treatment with Aciphex is 14 days. Nexium can also be taken to prevent peptic ulcers.
Aciphex versus Prilosec
Prilosec is a powerful express remedy for heartburn. You can take it at the first signs – it blocks heartburn for 24 hours. Aciphex is prescribed to treat the disease, not to relieve symptoms.
Aciphex and alcohol
The manufacturer categorically does not recommend combining the Aciphex medication with alcohol-containing products. Rabeprazole is processed by the liver. In case of violated compatibility, the load on the organ increases significantly.
With the simultaneous use of alcohol-containing products, the side effects of Aciphex 20mg are intensified.
The opposite effect is also possible: when drinking alcohol at the same time, the drug provokes the development of new ulcers – that is, it does not cure in this case but contributes to the exacerbation of existing diseases. This does not happen with a single simultaneous consumption of alcohol, but with regular abuse.
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