In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02314177 ||SANDOZ RABEPRAZOLE 10MG TABLET|
|02314185 ||SANDOZ RABEPRAZOLE 20MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Rabeprazole belongs to the class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It works by slowing or preventing the production of acid in the stomach. Rabeprazole is used to treat and maintain healing of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is also used to treat symptoms, such as heartburn and regurgitation, of non-erosive reflux disease (NERD).
It is also used for short-term treatment in the healing and relief of symptoms associated with duodenal and gastric ulcers. Rabeprazole is used in combination with antibiotics to treat ulcers caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Finally, rabeprazole is used for long-term treatment of conditions associated with constant production of excess acid in the stomach, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The dose of rabeprazole used depends on the condition being treated.
To treat non-erosive reflux disease (NERD), the recommended adult dose of rabeprazole is 10 mg to 20 mg, taken once daily for up to 4 weeks.
To treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the recommended adult dose of rabeprazole is 20 mg, taken once daily. The recommended adult dose for maintaining long-term healing of GERD is 10 mg to 20 mg, taken once daily. The usual length of treatment for GERD is 4 to 8 weeks.
To treat duodenal ulcer, the recommended adult dose of rabeprazole is 20 mg, taken once daily for a period of up to 4 weeks.
To treat gastric ulcer, the recommended adult dose of rabeprazole is 20 mg, taken once daily for a period of up to 6 weeks.
To treat ulcer caused by Helicobacter pylori infection, the recommended adult dose is 20 mg, taken twice daily for 7 days in combination with 2 antibiotics, usually amoxicillin and clarithromycin.
To treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, the recommended adult starting dose of rabeprazole is 60 mg, taken once daily. Some people may require higher doses. Your doctor will adjust the dose of this medication as needed.
Rabeprazole delayed release tablet has been designed to work throughout the day, and therefore needs to be taken only once daily. This medication may be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablets whole with a beverage. Do not chew, crush, or split the tablets.
Most people will experience some improvements in symptoms 1 to 2 weeks after starting rabeprazole. It may take up to 4 weeks for people to experience maximum benefit from this medication.
If the symptoms that were causing you problems have not gone away by the time you finish your medication or as discussed with your doctor, call your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each pink, round, biconvex, enteric-coated tablet with "R10" printed on one side contains rabeprazole sodium 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium hydroxide, dibutyl sebacate, ferric oxide red, ferric oxide yellow, hypromellose, hypromellose phthalate, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, mannitol, sodium stearyl fumarate, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Each yellow, round, biconvex enteric-coated tablet "R20" printed on one side contains rabeprazole sodium 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium hydroxide, dibutyl sebacate, ferric oxide yellow, hypromellose, hypromellose phthalate, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, mannitol, sodium stearyl fumarate, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Rabeprazole should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to rabeprazole or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is allergic to other proton pump inhibitors