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Aciphex Sprinkle is a medicine known as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
How does this medication work?
Aciphex Sprinkle is a delayed-release medicine (releases medicine into your body at a later time from when you take it). It works by reducing the acid in your stomach.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By reducing stomach acid, Aciphex Sprinkle may help heal acid-related damage to the lining of your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach) and relieve symptoms such as heartburn.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Aciphex Sprinkle exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may start to notice a reduction in the severity or frequency of your heartburn. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your heartburn and/or pain is controlled and to check for improvement of your condition.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach area) pain.
Less common side effects may include:
Diarrhea that does not go away and kidney problems.
Increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine if you take multiple doses a day for long periods.
Low blood magnesium levels with symptoms such as seizures, irregular heartbeat, jerking movements or shaking, muscle weakness, spasms of your hands and feet, cramps or muscle aches, or spasm of your voice box.
Aciphex Sprinkle may also cause low vitamin B12 levels in the blood.
Do not take Aciphex Sprinkle if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Aciphex Sprinkle with certain medicines that contain rilpivirine.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Aciphex Sprinkle. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have low blood magnesium levels or liver problems.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Children 1-11 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on his/her weight.
Take Aciphex Sprinkle exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Aciphex Sprinkle without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Aciphex Sprinkle 30 minutes before a meal.
Open the capsule and sprinkle entire contents on a small amount of soft food (such as applesauce or yogurt) or empty contents into a small amount of liquid (such as infant formula or apple juice). Do not swallow the capsule whole.
Take the entire dose within 15 minutes of preparation. The food or liquid should be at or below room temperature.
Do not chew or crush the granules.
Do not store mixture for future use.
If Aciphex Sprinkle is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Aciphex Sprinkle may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
The effects of Aciphex Sprinkle during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Aciphex Sprinkle, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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