Diagnosed with GERD, erosive Esophagitis and Barrett’s Esophagus 8 yrs ago by Upper GI Endoscopy with biopsy. Aciphex prescribed, 8 weeks later erosive Esophagitis resolved fully. A year later Follow up Endosopy and biopsy, Barrett’s Esophagus fully resolved. Another Upper GI Endoscopy 2 years confirmed ago. Because Aciphex is high tier drug, my insurance copay started to go up 4 years so tried other lower tier ago, lower cost PPIs.
Your doctor might advise you to have an acidic drink, such as cola, to help your stomach absorb these drugs. Or your doctor may stop your treatment with rabeprazole while you take these drugs to make sure they work well. Rabeprazole improves health-related quality of life in patients with erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease. A large study conducted on 75,452 newly diagnosed GERD subjects (Hall et al 2002) revealed 67.9% of subjects treated with lansoprazole, 30.3% treated with omeprazole, and only 1.8% under rabeprazole treatment.
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have any questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. I have Crohn’s disease and with it came some moderate to severe reflux. My gastrointerologist gave me several different “PPI’s” to try. When they all failed he gave me some samples of Aciphex and I haven’t had reflux since.
Moreover, long term experience with a medication is more likely to unveil its side effects; PPIs are one example, and a few side effects are reported. Vitamin B12 deficiency is one, but also some association with kidney dysfunction and heart trouble; there comes dementia also.
I expected it to help me and cure my acid reflux symptoms really, but it really didn’t help me at all. I have severe acid reflux and I decided to try some of this for it because I found it in my parent’s medicine drawer when I was at home for the holidays. All the other PPIs I took gave me severe gas pain in my chest and abdominal area.
The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the physical body. Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended usually, but may be required in some cases.
While the newer medications, rabeprazole (Aciphex) and pantoprazole (Protonix) have data to suggest better suppression of stomach acid compared to omeprazole, there is no proof that the differences are clinically important. . Pantoprazole and Rabeprazole are smaller and may be better for patients who have problems swallowing capsules.} Pantoprazole is marketed as being cheaper, and may be better for patients paying for their own medications.
All of which were very expensive, and none of them worked. Aciphex was the first heartburn medicine to give me relief and I am honestly so grateful, because before it I could not eat anything and was constantly eating ice cream and drinking milk just to get a little relief from the heartburn. Although it works for me wonderfully, it is very expensive. Which on top of all the other medications I have to take, makes it impossible for me to afford sometimes. On their website a discount is offered by them program, however, I have never received the discount or coupons card that was supposed to be mailed to me.
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Risk of community-acquired use and pneumonia of gastric acid-suppressive drugs. JAMA. But such changes may not help people with severe GERD. “Of course, you want people to stop smoking and lose weight, but the idea that that’s going to stop their reflux may be a pipe dream,” said Dr. Stuart Jon Spechler, chief of gastroenterology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dallas.
Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. However, similar drugs pass into breast milk. The effects on a nursing infant are unknown. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
This little pill LOVE!!! My insurance considers it an “Out-of-network” medication and my co-pay is about $70 when I have to use my insurance, I a lucky enough to have a PCP with a in office pharmacy and as long as one of the doctor’s there writes the Rx I only have to pay $15 (drastic price difference. My regular pharmacy has told me that with out insurance that a 30 day supply is around $130. I don’t actually know what the full retail price is. People who take proton pump inhibitors may also develop fundic gland polys (a type of growth on the stomach lining). These risks are highest in people who take high doses of one of these medications or take them for one year or longer. Talk to your doctor about the risk of taking rabeprazole.