FAQs ABOUT RABEPRIDE
What are the uses of RABEPRIDE?
RABEPRIDE is used to treat Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), peptic ulcer and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (tumours in the pancreas causing the stomach to secrete more acid).
How RABEPRIDE works?
RABEPRIDE is a proton pump inhibitor. It reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach by blocking the actions of an enzyme called H+ K+ ATPase (also known as proton pump) which is present in the lining of the stomach walls. As a result, it reduces the chances for acid reflux into the oesophagus, heals peptic ulcers and esophageal lesions and prevents its recurrence.
How long will it take for RABEPRIDE to cure my disease?
The time taken for healing depends on the severity of the disease. You may notice improvement in your condition within 1-2 days of therapy with RABEPRIDE. However, it may take several weeks for RABEPRIDE to completely heal the ulcers.
When should I take RABEPRIDE?
RABEPRIDE should be taken on an empty stomach at mornings. It can also be taken before a meal. Swallow RABEPRIDE with a glass of water.
What are the long-term side effects of RABEPRIDE?
Taking RABEPRIDE especially over the time of a year can slightly increase the risk of hip, wrist, or spine fracture. Inform your doctor if you suffer from osteoporosis or if you are taking corticosteroids which can increase the risk of osteoporosis. It may also cause vitamin B12 deficiency and low magnesium levels in the blood.
Can I stop taking RABEPRIDE once my symptoms subside?
Do not stop taking RABEPRIDE without consulting your doctor even if you feel better during the midway of the therapy. Make sure to take RABEPRIDE for the stipulated duration recommended by your doctor to achieve complete healing of ulcers.
What is the best time to take RABEPRIDE?
RABEPRIDE should be taken while you are on empty stomach in the morning. It can also be taken before a meal.
What to do if I forgot to take a dose of RABEPRIDE?
If you have missed a dose of RABEPRIDE, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for the next dose of RABEPRIDE, skip the missed dose and take the next one regularly. Do not take a double dose of RABEPRIDE to compensate the missed ones.
What precautions should be followed while taking RABEPRIDE?
Before taking RABEPRIDE inform your doctor if you have any liver problems. You must also inform your doctor if you have vitamin B12 deficiency, osteoporosis or any tumors in your stomach. Do not take RABEPRIDE if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting your doctor. Regularly visit your doctor and take all the necessary blood test recommended by your doctor without fail. You must also inform your doctor immediately if you experience severe uncontrollable diarrhea with stomach pain or tenderness after taking RABEPRIDE.
Can I consume alcohol while taking RABEPRIDE?
Avoid consumption of alcohol while taking RABEPRIDE as it could aggravate your ulcers and delays the healing process.
Can I take RABEPRIDE daily?
Take RABEPRIDE as advised by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your health condition and suggest whether can you take RABEPRIDE every day or not.
Can the use of RABEPRIDE affect the liver?
Yes. RABEPRIDE may affect the way your liver work. Therefore, it should be used with caution in patients with liver problems. Consult your doctor before taking it.
Can RABEPRIDE be taken during pregnancy?
RABEPRIDE is not recommended for use in pregnant women. Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it.