Aciphex (rabeprazole sodium) helps to relieve the symptoms associated with heartburn and acid reflux disease. If it occurs on a regular basis and if left unchecked, the stomach acid that leads to heartburn and/or acid reflux disease can cause irreparable damage to the esophagus. Acid reflux takes place when the acid from the stomach leaves it and makes its way up into the esophagus. The most common symptom of acid reflux disease is heartburn or a burning sensation in the throat. If this problem occurs persistently which is deemed as two or more times per week then it often requires a cryptic look at one’s diet. Many foods and beverages can contribute to the health problem.
Sometimes antacid medications sold over-the-counter can bring relief but if it is a growing health concern something stronger may be in order. A doctor may prescribe Aciphex to bring the problem under control and lessen the damage done to the food tube or esophagus. Acid reflux disease is sometimes also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (or abbreviated to GERD).
Aciphex not only can prevent further damage to the body but it can also improve upon other symptoms that often accompany acid reflux disease. These symptoms include nausea and/or a need to vomit, belching, bloating of the stomach, and early satiety (which means that a person feels full sooner than they should into a meal). Aciphex can also prevent regurgitation from taking place. Regurgitation is characteristic of heartburn as it is a sour or bitter taste that can be felt at the back portion of the throat.
A doctor will prescribe one Aciphex tablet to be taken on a regular basis to treat the symptoms of acid reflux disease. Often the dosage is 20 milligrams at a time. Sometimes Aciphex is only needed to be taken by a patient for a short-term basis such as four to eight weeks while other patients with more severe symptoms will need to take it for upwards of a year or longer.
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