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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking this medication, you should talk with your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Low blood magnesium (hypomagnesemia) 
  • Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings of Rabeprazole for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does It Work?

Rabeprazole is part of a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The stomach contains tiny pumps (called proton pumps) that produce acid. Rabeprazole works by binding to the proton pumps, stopping them from producing acid. PPIs are very effective at decreasing acid production.
 

Effects of Rabeprazole

Rabeprazole reduces the amount of acid in your stomach, which will:
 
  • Improve heartburn and other GERD symptoms
  • Allow damage to the esophagus to heal
  • Give the stomach or intestines time to heal.
 
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