Children who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may benefit from rabeprazole sprinkle. This prescription drug works by preventing acid production, which causes heartburn and other GERD symptoms. It comes in the form of capsules, and the contents are poured into liquid or over soft food and consumed once daily. Side effects may include headaches, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
What Is Rabeprazole Sprinkle?
Rabeprazole sprinkle (Aciphex® Sprinkle™) is a prescription medication approved to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in children ages 1 to 11 years old. It belongs to a group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs.
Rabeprazole sprinkle contains the same active ingredient as regular Aciphex (rabeprazole sodium). Regular Aciphex is approved to treat GERD in children 12 years of age and older, as well as adults. It is also approved for the treatment of several other conditions within the esophagus, stomach, and intestines in adults (see What Is Aciphex Used For? for information about regular Aciphex).
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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