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Rabeprazole - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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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 ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (upper portion of the small intestine), reflux disease (also known as "heartburn", in which food or acid from your stomach backs up into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste) and hypersecretory conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a condition in which a growth in the pancreas or duodenum or both secretes too much acid).

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 caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Rabeprazole exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

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.

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.

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.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have liver disease.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If your gastric problem seems to be getting worse, let your doctor know. Do not take Rabeprazole for a long period of time unless instructed otherwise.

What side effects could I experience?

Rabeprazole may cause dizziness or weakness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: pain, pharyngitis (inflammation of the throat), headache, constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and wind in the stomach. These should get better or go away as your body adjusts to the medicine.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience rashes with skin peeling or blisters.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for HIV infection e.g. atazanavir, saquinavir, rilpivirine, nelfinavir
- medicines for fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
- warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
- digoxin (medicine for heart disease)
- methotrexate (anticancer medicine)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Rabeprazole.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, 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.

Avoid alcohol.

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.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Rabeprazole - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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