Rabeprazole is the generic name for a drug commonly used for treating severe heartburn or irritation of the esophagus caused by (GERD) gastroesophageal reflux disease. It works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach and is known as a proton pump inhibitor.
If aciphex and alcohol is used together it will cause extreme drowsiness and dizziness. If drinking do not drive or participate in any other unsafe practices.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
This drug may also be used for short term treatment of ulcers of the small intestine as well as inhibit the body from producing too much stomach acid.
It should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
Do not use this drug if you are allergic to similar drugs such as omeprazole, an HIV protease inhibitor such as atazanavir, taking any herbal medicine, dietary supplement, have liver problems, bowel cancer or osteoporosis.
Less serious side effects are diarrhea and headache. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effectssevere allergic reactions, rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, unusual hoarseness, bone pain, chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, fever, chills, sore throat, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin, severe or persistent stomach pain, unusual bleeding or bleeding, unusual tiredness or vision changes. If these occur get emergency medical help.
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