Aciphex is prescribed for the treatment of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD or heartburn) and other conditions involving stomach acids.
How to use Aciphex
The ideal way to use Aciphex is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions. Aciphex should/may be taken with or without a meal to avoid stomach problems.
Aciphex should be swallowed whole taking care that you do not crush or chew it before swallowing it. Aciphex also comes in delayed release enteric coated form in which the drug releases slowly in the body.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Aciphex to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Aciphex at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Although there are no reported cases of a Aciphex overdose, you must contact your doctor immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Do not use Aciphex if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
Aciphex is known to make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. So excessive sun exposure without using protection (sunscreen or protective clothing) or exposure to tanning booths and sunlamps must be avoided.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests while taking Aciphex. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Aciphex as incase you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Aciphex is passed into the breast milk. So do not breast feed while taking this drug.