rabeprazole, Aciphex (cont.)

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PREGNANCY: Use in pregnant women has not been adequately evaluated.

NURSING MOTHERS: Rabeprazole has not been studied in nursing women.

SIDE EFFECTS: Rabeprazole like other PPIs has few side effects. The most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, rash, and headaches. Dizziness, nervousness, abnormal heartbeat, muscle pain, weakness, leg cramps, and water retention rarely occur. High doses and long-term use (1 year or longer) may increase the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. Therefore, it is important to use the lowest doses and shortest duration of treatment necessary for the condition being treated. Low magnesium levels, leading to seizures, abnormal heart beats, and tetany (overactive reflexes) has been reported during long-term treatment.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Last Editorial Review: 1/4/2012

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