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Rabeprazole is a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) that can treat a range of conditions by controlling the amount of stomach acid you produce.

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It can relieve symptoms in people experiencing acid reflux, while it’s also used to help stomach ulcers to heal. Rabeprazole is sometimes taken alongside antibiotics in order to prevent stomach ulcers.

If you’re having problems with acid reflux irritating your throat or stomach, talk to one of our doctors today. They’ll listen to your symptoms and provide expert advice on the best way to treat them.

Taking rabeprazole

Rabeprazole Dosage

You should always take your medication as instructed by a doctor, sticking to the dosage size and length of treatment they’ve outlined. The length of treatment required for acid reflux is different to that of a stomach ulcer, so you need to follow your doctor’s advice carefully in order for rabeprazole to be most effective.

Rabeprazole is usually prescribed as a slow-release capsule, which must be swallowed whole. Ask your doctor whether it’s best to take this with or without food.

If you miss a dose, you can take it as soon as you realise. However, if it’s almost time for your next dose, the best thing to do is skip the one that you missed and carry on with your normal schedule. Taking a double dose isn’t advised.

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What Are The Side Effects of Rabeprazole?

There are a number of common side effects associated with rabeprazole. They are usually mild and will go away once you finish your treatment. These side effects include:

However, there are a few side effects that are rarer and potentially more serious. Talk to a doctor as soon as possible if you experience:

  • Diarrhoea containing blood or lots of water
  • Seizures
  • Trouble urinating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Bleeding - e.g. coughing up blood, blood in urine

Some studies suggest that long term use of rabeprazole could lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency, while it’s also thought that there’s an increased risk of fractures, especially for older patients. Speak to your doctor about the risks if you’re concerned.

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Diarrhoea is one possible side effect of taking rabeprazole

Things to avoid

Like all medicines, rabeprazole could react badly if mixed with other drugs. Your doctor needs to know about anything else you’re taking before they prescribe rabeprazole, while they’ll also want to hear about any allergies you have.

Rabeprazole might not be suitable for people who suffer from:

  • Liver diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Low levels of magnesium in your blood


Rabeprazole and Alcohol

Alcohol can cause drowsiness and dizziness when taken alongside prescription medication, so it’s not recommended.

Alcohol is also a known trigger of acid reflux, and it can also react badly with any antibiotics you’re taking alongside rabeprazole.

Is It Safe to Take Rabeprazole During Pregnancy?

Rabeprazole isn’t thought to be harmful for pregnant women, but it’s only natural that you’ll want to discuss the risks if you’re concerned. Our doctors are happy to provide all the advice you need.

It’s not known if rabeprazole affects breast milk, so it’s advisable to avoid taking it while you’re breastfeeding.

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If you’re looking for effective medication to treat acid reflux or manage stomach ulcers, talk to our doctors today. If you need a prescription, they can write you one straight away and you’ll be able to pick up your medication from a pharmacy of your choice.

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