Brand Names : AcipHex
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will
do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For rabeprazole, the
following should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic
reaction to rabeprazole. Also tell your health care professional if you are
allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy - Studies have not been done in humans. However, studies in animals
have not been shown that rabeprazole causes harm to the fetus.
Breast-feeding - Rabeprazole may pass into the breast milk. Since this medicine
has been shown to cause a decrease in body weight gain in animal studies,
it may be necessary for you to take another medicine or to stop breast-feeding
during treatment. Be sure you discussed the risks and benefits of the medicine
with your doctor.
Children - There is no specific information comparing the use of rabeprazole
in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults - In studies done to date that have included older adults, rabeprazole
did not cause different side effects or problems than it did in younger adults.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking
rabeprazole, it is especially important that your health care professional
know if you are taking any of the following:
Digoxin (e.g., Lanoxin) - Rabeprazole may increase the amount
of digoxin in the blood.
Ketoconazole (e.g., Nizoral tablets) - Rabeprazole may decrease
the amount of ketoconazole absorbed into the body.
Other medical problems -
Liver disease - may increase chance of side effects
Stomach infection - May make the condition worse