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What Is Rabeprazole Sprinkle Used For?

How Does Rabeprazole Sprinkle Work?

The stomach contains tiny pumps called proton pumps. These proton pumps produce acid. Rabeprazole sprinkle works by binding to the proton pumps and preventing them from producing acid. PPIs are quite effective at decreasing acid production, as they work directly at the acid pumps.
Rabeprazole sprinkle capsules have tiny, delayed-release granules that contain the medication. These granules are enteric coated, which means they have a special coating on them to protect them from stomach acid that can destroy the medication. This coating protects the medication as it passes through the stomach to the small intestine, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Can Children Use It?

Rabeprazole sprinkle has been approved to treat GERD in children ages 1 to 11 years old. At this time, studies suggest the medication is not effective for treating GERD in infants 11 months of age or younger. Nonetheless, PPI medications are commonly used in infants with severe GERD, even though they are not approved for such use.

What About Off-Label Rabeprazole Sprinkle Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Using rabeprazole sprinkle to treat indigestion or heartburn not related to GERD would be an example of an off-label use. Prescribing the drug to infants or to anyone for more than 12 weeks would also be an off-label use.
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