DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Healing of Erosive or Ulcerative Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): 20 mg to be taken once daily for 4 to 8 weeks. For those patients who have not healed after 8 weeks of treatment, an additional 8 week course may be considered. Maintenance of Healing of Erosive or Ulcerative Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD Maintenance):The recommended adult oral dose is 20 mg once daily. Treatment of Symptomatic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD):The recommended adult oral dose is 20 mg once daily for 4 weeks. If symptoms do not resolve completely after 4 weeks, an additional course of treatment may be considered. Healing of Duodenal Ulcers:The recommended adult oral dose is 20 mg once daily after the morning meal for a period up to four weeks. Most patients with duodenal ulcer heal within four weeks. A few patients may require additional therapy to achieve healing.
Rabeprazole Sodium is contraindicated in patient with known hypersensitivity to Rabeprazole or to any component in the product. PRECAUTION Administration of Rabeprazole Sodium to patients with mild to moderate liver impairment resulted in increased exposure and decreased elimination. Caution should be exercised in patients with severe hepatic impairment.
Rabeprazole is metabolized by the Cytochrome P-450 (CYP-450) drug metabolizing enzyme system. Rabeprazole does not have clinically significant interactions with other drugs metabolized by the CYP-450 system,such as Warfarin and Theophylline given as single oral dose, Diazepam as a single intravenous dose, and Phenytoin given as a single intravenous dose. In normal subjects, co-administration of Rabeprazole 20 mg QD resulted in an approximately 30% decrease in the bioavailability of Ketoconazole and increase in the AUC and Cmax for digoxin of 90% and 29% respectively.
USE IN PREGNANCY & LACTATION
Rabeprazole is FDA Pregnancy Category B. No data is available on administration of Rabeprazole to pregnant women. However this drug should be used during pregnancy, only if clearly needed. There are no data on the excretion of Rabeprazole into the breast milk. A decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the benefit of the drug to the mother