|Why do I need this medicine?
||Rabeprazole is a gastric medicine.
It is used to treat conditions caused by excessive acidity in your stomach, such as stomach ulcers and reflux disease (reflux is also known as "heartburn", in which food or acid from your stomach backs up into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste).
Rabeprazole treats these conditions by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Rabeprazole may also be used together with other medicines to treat a specific type of gastric problem called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori gastritis.
|How do I take this medicine?
||Take Rabeprazole exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Rabeprazole for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Continue to take it even when you feel better and do not stop taking it unless advised by your doctor to do so.
You may take Rabeprazole with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole, do not chew, crush or split the tablet. Try to take it at the same time each day.
|What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
||Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Remember to take your medicine regularly. Rabeprazole must be taken exactly as directed for it to be effective. If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
|When should I not use this medicine?
||Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to other gastric medicines such as omeprazole, pantoprazole or lansoprazole.
|What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
||Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Rabeprazole.
Alert your doctor if you have liver disease.
Let your doctor know if your gastric problem seems to be getting worse. Do not take Rabeprazole for a long period of time unless instructed by your doctor.
|What side effects could I experience?
||Rabeprazole may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects with Rabeprazole may include headache, diarrhoea, nausea and wind in the stomach. These should get better or go away as your body adjusts to the medicine.
Let your doctor know if these side effects bother you or if they do not go away.
|Can I take this with other medicines?
||Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole or similar antifungal medicines
- other medicines such as atazanavir and iron pills.
Do not take antacids together with Rabeprazole. If you must take antacids, take them at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after you have taken Rabeprazole. Antacids can reduce the effectiveness of Rabeprazole when taken together.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
|What special dietary instructions should I follow?
||It may be helpful to discuss your diet with your doctor or dietitian. A change in diet may help improve your symptoms. For example, spicy food tends to worsen reflux and should be avoided. Likewise, carbonated ("fizzy") drinks such as soft drinks should also be avoided.
You should also try to avoid lying down soon after eating as this will worsen the reflux symptoms.
|How should I store this medicine?
||Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.