Acid helps the digestion but when the body produces too much of it, it causes ulcers and inflammation. Aciphex is a medicine called a proton pump inhibitor that helps to block the enzyme responsible for the production of acid in the tummy and by doing this it treats Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, inflammation and sores in esophagus (a so-called gastro esophageal reflux disease), peptic, duodenal and gastric ulcers. This medicine may be combined with some antibiotics to treat several infections.
Aciphex is available as a tablet taken orally once a day. It is to be swallowed as whole and neither crushed or chewed.
The treatment may last for 4-8 weeks but if your conditions are chronic, you may be prescribed this medicine for permanent use. Aciphex starts working within an hour after it’s taken. An average dose is 20 mg a day, though for Zollinger-Ellison syndrome it’s 60 mg to start with and up to 100 mg a day later. Any medications used in combination with this medicine are to be taken either a couple of hours before or after Aciphex.
1 Tell the doctor if you have any allergies. Do not take the medicine if you turned to be allergic to it.
2 In case of any serous medical conditions Aciphex will still do its job.
3 You may go on taking antacids during the treatment.
4 Stop smoking during the treatment as it may worsen your conditions. Side effects may occur if you take citrus fruit and juice, alcohol beverages, spicy food, tea/coffee, tomatoes.
5 Do not discontinue taking the medicine unless your doctor tells you to do so.
6 Make sure your doctor knows about any medical conditions of yours such as:
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7 Tell the doctor if you are planning to have a baby or you are already pregnant. Do not breastfeed during the treatment.
8 Aciphex is not recommended for children.
9 Let the doctor know about any medications you are taking at the moment. Be sure you’ve mentioned:
Side effects do not occur often. The most common of them are dryness in the mouth, headache, weight gain, giddiness, sweating, sleepiness, diarrhea, vertigo, itching, vision problems, constipation, pain in the chest, muscles, joints, sleep disturbance, eating disorder. If any of them occur, let your doctor know in order to determine whether the medicine is safe enough for you to go on treatment. Call your doctor immediately if you feel breathless and your face and mouth get swollen.
Do not double doses if you missed one. Better take it as soon as possible but if it’s time for you to take the next one, follow your everyday schedule and do not make up for the missed dose.
Cases of overdose haven’t been observed, but if you suspect you’ve taken too much of the medicine, call the emergency immediately.
- Keep away from children
- Store at room temperature
- Keep away from heat, cold, damp places and direct light
- Dispose of an outdated medicine
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