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Many people want to know, "What is rabeprazole used for?" Rabeprazole is used for conditions that involve the stomach, esophagus, and intestines. Conditions that are treated with rabeprazole include gastroesophageal reflux disease, erosive esophagitis, duodenal ulcers, and Heliocobacter pylori infections.
Rabeprazole (Aciphex®) has been licensed to treat a number of conditions. These rabeprazole uses include:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Erosive Esophagitis
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which stomach acids and other contents go back into the esophagus. This can result in GERD symptoms, including the most common symptom of GERD -- heartburn. One of the complications of GERD is erosive esophagitis, which is when the lining of the esophagus becomes damaged from the stomach acid.
Rabeprazole has been licensed to treat symptoms of GERD, including heartburn. It has also been licensed to treat erosive esophagitis. Once healed, rabeprazole may also be used prevent the return of erosive esophagitis.
Duodenal ulcers are ulcers that are located in the first part of the small intestine. Rabeprazole is used for the treatment of duodenal ulcers for both healing and improvement of ulcer symptoms.
Helicobacter Pylori Infections
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are bacteria known to cause peptic ulcers, which are ulcers in the stomach or first part of the intestines, called the duodenum. Rabeprazole taken in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin has been shown to kill H. pylori. Therefore, your healthcare provider may recommend rabeprazole to treat H. pylori if you currently have peptic ulcer disease or have had peptic ulcer disease within the last five years. Treating an H. pylori infection, even if you have no symptoms, will lower the chances of a peptic ulcer occurring.