There are many different medical conditions that can be caused by overproduction of stomach acid or that result in overproduction of stomach acid. The first conditions that come to mind are gastric ulcers, peptic ulcer disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Most gastric and duodenum ulcers are caused by Helicobacter pylori infections (bacterial infections) and they result in an increased production of stomach acid which then brings about its own symptoms which include abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting of blood, tarry stools as well as perforations that are extremely painful and which need to be dealt with surgically. Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a medical condition in which stomach acid goes up into the esophagus and damages it, causing primarily heartburn. Proton pump inhibitors can help in treating these conditions and Aciphex is useful both in maintaining these conditions and healing them. It is also useful in cases of Zollinger-Elisson syndrome which is caused by cancer of the duodenum or pancreas which cause excess levels of hormone called gastrin which in turn increases the production of stomach acid that leads to peptic ulcers. When used against Helicobacter infections, Aciphex is usually combined with antibiotics and by doing so; it can help prevent duodenal ulcer recurrence.
Information on Aciphex treatment
Your doctor is the one who should decide if it is recommended for you to take Aciphex and they will want to know certain things before they prescribed you with this proton pump inhibitor. For one, they will want to know if you are allergic to Aciphex or to any similar medications such as lansoprazole, esomeprazole or omeprazole, as serious allergic reactions are possible. Also, they will need to know in case you have severe liver disease, because this condition warrants additional testing and special precautions when adjusting the dosage.
Once you start taking Aciphex, you will need to do exactly as prescribed, taking as much of this medication as prescribed and observing the schedule that has also been prescribed. In most cases, the Aciphex treatment lasts somewhere between 4 or 8 weeks, although it is quite possible that you will need to take a second course of the Aciphex treatment.
Serious side effects of Aciphex are not expected other than allergic reactions in case you are allergic to the medication. Some less serious side effects include headache, upset stomach, diarrhea, insomnia or rashes. However, these side effects will most likely go away on their own and need to be reported only if they become too bothersome. You should also inform yourself about other medications that might interact with Aciphex, and the best idea would be to pass any of them by your doctor so that they can decide if it is safe for you to combine them with Aciphex.
If you take all the precautions and use Aciphex as prescribed, you will feel all the benefits of Aciphex when it comes to treating and managing conditions that are caused by overproduction of stomach acid.