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What is Aciphex?
Aciphex is an antiulcer medication that is classified as a proton pump inhibitor. This drug was originally developed by Eisai Co. and is now used to treat conditions that involve excessive stomach acids. Aciphex functions by decreasing stomach acid. It also stimulates the healing process of the esophagitis that was eroded by that stomach acid.
What are the indications for using Aciphex?
Aciphex is prescribed to individuals with some esophagus and stomach problems, especially if they involve excessive stomach acids. Aciphex can be used to treat ulcers, acid reflux, symptoms of the gastroesophageal reflux disease, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This medication is often given to individuals who are suffering from symptoms such as constant coughing, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing. It may also heal the already existent acid damage in the stomach or esophagus, prevent ulcers, and possibly prevent esophageal cancer. Some doctors prescribe Aciphex in combination with an antibiotic to patients with an infection with helicobacter pylori.
What is the dosage for Aciphex?
Aciphex can be obtained in the form of tablets or capsules. The exact dosage of Aciphex and the duration of treatment are based on a variety of different factors, such as the individual's exact medical condition, its severity, and response to treatment. In children, the exact dosage is determined by weight. The tablets should be swallowed once or twice a day. The capsules should be administered once a day 30 minutes prior to a meal.
What are the contraindications for using Aciphex?
Aciphex should never be used by people who have an allergic reaction to it or to similar drugs. It may be unsafe for people with a low magnesium blood level or those with liver disease. Also, patients suffering from osteopenia or osteoporosis may not be the best candidates for Aciphex as the drug can increase the already high risk of bone fracture.
What are the adverse effects of Aciphex?
A widespread side effect of using Aciphex is headache. Aciphex may also be the cause of some serious adverse effects that include irregular heartbeats, seizures, fever, blood in the stool, persistent diarrhea, stomach pain, and persistent muscle spasms. There is also a possibility of Aciphex causing Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.