Aciphex is a medication used to treat the symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. Common symptoms of GERD include heart burn, indigestion and/or erosion of the esophageal lining due to a backup of stomach acid into the esophagus. Aciphex is considered appropriate for only short term healing of the esophageal erosions and is not considered suitable for patients with ongoing erosion damage. Aciphex is also prescribed for certain disorders in which too much acid is produced by the body such as Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.
As with any medication, discuss with your doctor your complete medical history as well as any medications and vitamin supplements you are currently taking before beginning a treatment of Aciphex. Be sure to include any over the counter medications being used to treat the symptoms of GERD such as antacids or acid reducers. Individuals with liver disease are considered to have a higher risk of potentially serious side effects and may require an adjusted dosage, ongoing monitoring or blood tests if deemed eligible for Aciphex.
Likewise, pregnant women and those considering pregnancy should discuss their options prior to beginning Aciphex. Aciphex is classified in Pregnancy Category B by the Food and Drug Administration and is considered safe for unborn babies. However, as individual patients vary greatly, a medical doctor will determine if Aciphex is an appropriate course of treatment for expectant mothers. However, it has not been determined if Aciphex is passed through breast milk so be sure your doctor is aware that you are breast feeding.
Aciphex is a slow release medication and should only be taken whole, without splitting or breaking the tablet. Drinking a full glass of water with Aciphex will facilitate the medication’s slow absorption into the body.
Aciphex may be a great relief in helping to alleviate the symptoms of GERD as well as healing any resulting damage to the esophageal lining.
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