Rabeprazole: Stomach Acid Lowering Medication

About rabeprazole

Rabeprazole lowers the quantity of acid produced by your stomach. It’s used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Rabeprazole can only be purchased with a prescription. It is supplied in tablet form.

Key Facts
  • Rabeprazole is usually taken once a day in the morning.
  • Headaches, diarrhoea, feeling or being nauseous, constipation, stomach pain, or wind are all common side effects. These are usually minor and fade once you stop taking the medication.
  • Rabeprazole isn’t normally advised to be taken when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Who can take Rabeprazole and who shouldn’t?

Adults can take rabeprazole, however it is not suggested for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Some people with certain conditions should avoid rabeprazole. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions to ensure if it is safe for you:

  • Previously have been allergic to rabeprazole or any other medication
  • Are scheduled for an endoscopic

Consult with your doctor about discontinuing rabeprazole a few weeks prior your endoscopy. This is based on the fact that rabeprazole may hide some of the abnormalities that would typically be detected during an endoscopy.

When and how to take it

Rabeprazole is usually taken once a day, first thing in the morning. Take one tablet in the morning and one dose in the evening if your doctor recommends rabeprazole twice a day. Rabeprazole is best taken before a meal. With a glass of water, consume the tablets whole.

For How long you should take it?

You may only need to take it for a few weeks or months, depending on your ailment. It may be necessary to take it for a longer period of time, potentially several years. Some people only need to take rabeprazole when they experience symptoms and not every day. You can stop taking it after you feel better (usually after a few days or weeks). However, this method of rabeprazole dosage is not effective for everyone. Consult your doctor to determine what’s really ideal for you.