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.
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).
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Just like any medicine, rabeprazole sprinkle can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects seen with rabeprazole sprinkle include but are not limited to:
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