Aciphex is an effective drug used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and conditions involving excessive stomach acid like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. The drug is also prescribed for erosive esophagitis to prevent gastric ulcer.
Aciphex works by decreasing the production of stomach acids. The drug can be taken with food or without food. Aciphex has to be taken with a full glass of water. Generally the drug is prescribed for four to eight weeks. Always follow your doctor's prescription when taking the drug; do not go for larger doses or less or for longer periods unless your doctor wants it.
The drug has to be swallowed whole. Crushing or breaking he drug will lead to the release of more drugs in the body. Once you have been prescribed Aciphex, you have to complete the whole prescription for good results. You may see that your symptoms get better in a few days but this does not mean that you have been completely cured of the conditions.
It is recommended to take the right dosage at the right time. But if you forget to take a dose, you can have it once you remember it. But if it is time for you regular dosage, skip the missed one and continue with the remaining doses. Care should be taken that two doses of Aciphex are not taken together. If you think that you have taken an overdose of Aciphex, you have to contact the doctor immediately.
Once your doctor goes for prescribing Aciphex, it is better to inform him about all your medical conditions and also about all your allergies. Your doctor has to know if you have any allergies to any particular medicine, food or any substance, including the ingredients of Aciphex. You have to tell him if you have any problems with your liver or kidney. If you have any of these conditions, your doctor may go for drug adjustments and also may recommend regular lab tests.
Aciphex is rated FDA pregnancy category B, which means that the drug can cause harm to the foetus. Therefore, pregnant women and those who hope to get pregnant should never take the drug. As the drug is also traced in breast milk, breast-feeding mothers should not feed their babes while they are on Aciphex medication.
Aciphex is also known to interact with certain medicines. So tell your physician about all the medications, including prescriptive/non-prescriptive drugs, diet supplements and herbal drugs, that you are taking. Tell him if you are using atazanavir, blood thinners, clopidogrel, digoxin, ketoconazole and cyclosporine.
When you are on Aciphex medication, you may some times experience allergic reaction and also some side effects. Some of the allergic reactions include hives, swelling (face, mouth, lips) and difficulty breathing. If you come across such allergic signs, stop the drug and contact the doctor without any delay. Well, some of the lesser-known side effects that come with Aciphex are headache, stomach upset, diarrhoea, nervousness and rashes.
Aciphex should be stored in room temperature, away from heat and moisture.