- What is rabeprazole, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for rabeprazole?
- Is rabeprazole available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for rabeprazole?
- What are the uses for rabeprazole?
- What are the side effects of rabeprazole?
- What is the dosage for rabeprazole?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with rabeprazole?
- Is rabeprazole safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about rabeprazole?
What is rabeprazole, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Rabeprazole is an oral drug that is used for the treatment of conditions caused by acid. It is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs which block the production of acid by the stomach. Other drugs in the same class include:
- lansoprazole (Prevacid),
- omeprazole (Prilosec),
- pantoprazole (Protonix),
- esomeprazole (Nexium), and
- dexlansoprazole (Dexilant).
PPIs are used for the treatment of acid-caused conditions such as stomach and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. Rabeprazole, like other PPIs, blocks the pump in the wall of the stomach that secretes acid into the stomach. By blocking the pump, the secretion of acid into the stomach is decreased, and this allows ulcers in the stomach and esophagus to heal. The FDA approved rabeprazole in August 1999.
What brand names are available for rabeprazole?
Is rabeprazole available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for rabeprazole?
What are the uses for rabeprazole?
Rabeprazole is used for treating ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, erosive or ulcerative gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome (in which there is overproduction of acid caused by tumors). It also is used with antibiotics for eradicating Helicobacter pylori infections of the stomach that, along with acid, are responsible for many ulcers.
What are the side effects of rabeprazole?
Rabeprazole like other PPIs has few side effects. The most common side effects are:
Other side effects include:
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