Taking an active role in managing your acid reflux disease is important. Make a commitment to your health by tracking your symptoms and noting how often you use over-the-counter (OTC) medication.
Reasons to see your doctor
If you answer “yes” to at least 1 of these questions below, you should talk to your doctor and get an evaluation:
- Do you get heartburn 2 or more days a week?
- Do you experience nighttime heartburn?
- Do you find OTC acid blockers or antacids provide only temporary relief from your symptoms?
- Does your heartburn become more severe or occur more frequently over time?
- Are you experiencing other symptoms besides frequent heartburn, such as a bad taste in your throat or belching?
This is not a substitute for medical advice. Only your doctor can determine if you have acid reflux disease and prescribe appropriate treatment.
Before you take ACIPHEX, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- Have been told that you have low magnesium levels in your blood
- Have any liver problems
- Have any allergies
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if ACIPHEX can harm your unborn baby
- Are breastfeeding. It is not known if ACIPHEX passes into your breast milk or if it can harm your baby. You should choose to breastfeed or take ACIPHEX, but not both. Talk to your doctor about other ways to feed your baby while taking ACIPHEX
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
ACIPHEX and certain medicines can affect each other. This can cause serious side effects. Know the medicines that you take. Keep a list of them with you and show it to your doctor when you get a new medicine. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking:
- Atazanavir (Reyataz®)
- Cyclosporine (Sandimmune®, Neoral®)
- Digoxin (Lanoxin®)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral®)
- Warfarin (Coumadin®)
- Theophylline (THEO-24 Thelair)
- Diazepam (Valium)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is listed above.
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Print out the doctor discussion guide and answer a few questions to help you and your doctor get a better idea of the acid reflux disease symptoms you’re experiencing. When you’re finished, take the guide to your appointment and discuss it with your doctor.