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Drug Information

What is Rabeprazole Sodium used for?

Rabeprazole Sodium is used for the treatment of following conditions:

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Heartburn
  • Benign gastric ulcer
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Rabeprazole Sodium may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Rabeprazole Sodium work?

Rabeprazole Sodium belongs to the class of drugs called proton-pump inhibitors. This drug acts by inhibiting gastric acid secretion by inhibiting the activity of proton channels in the GI tract. Thus, it helps in relieving the symptoms associated with gastric disorders.

How to use Rabeprazole Sodium?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Use Rabeprazole Sodium as prescribed by your doctor.

  • Swallow the tablet/capsule Do not crush or chew the tablet/capsule. Take the drug on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before meals.
  • Rabeprazole Sodium injection should be administered only under the medical supervision.

If you miss a dose of Rabeprazole Sodium, please consult the doctor immediately.

What are the drugs that interact with Rabeprazole Sodium?

Drugs that interact with Rabeprazole Sodium include the following:

  • Ampicillin
  • Aspirin
  • Atazanavir
  • Atazanavir
  • Clopidogrel
  • Digoxin
  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Methotrexate
  • Nelfinavir
  • Rilpivirine

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Rabeprazole Sodium?

The following are the most common side effects of Rabeprazole Sodium:

  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Sore throat
  • Infection
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea

The following are the severe side effects, and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Seizures
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tremors
  • Watery stools

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while using Rabeprazole Sodium?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Rabeprazole Sodium or similar drugs.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than prescribed.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Rabeprazole Sodium.
  • Avoid Rabeprazole Sodium during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
  • Be cautious while using Rabeprazole Sodium if you have any kidney or liver impairment.

You are advised not to use Rabeprazole Sodium if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering, or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before using Rabeprazole Sodium?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart, liver or kidney diseases.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions about Rabeprazole Sodium

  1. Is it safe to use Rabeprazole Sodium in case of osteoporosis?
  2. No. Use of Rabeprazole Sodium increases the risk of fractures, so it is unsafe to use Rabeprazole Sodium in osteoporosis condition. Please consult your doctor.

  3. What is the usual dose of Rabeprazole Sodium for treating duodenal ulcer?
  4. The usual dose of Rabeprazole Sodium for treating duodenal ulcer is 20 mg/day orally. However, please consult your doctor for dosage related information.

  5. Is Rabeprazole Sodium recommended in the treatment ofHelicobacter pyloriinfection?
  6. Yes. Rabeprazole Sodium can be used to treatHelicobacter pyloriinfection when recommended by the doctor.

  7. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while using Rabeprazole Sodium?
  8. Yes, it is advised to monitor for blood electrolyte levels and bone mineral density regularly while using Rabeprazole Sodium.


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