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.
What should I tell my doctor before taking ACIPHEX?
Before you take ACIPHEX tell your doctor if you:
- Have been told that you have low magnesium levels in your blood.
- Have liver problems.
- Have any allergies.
- Have any other medical conditions.
- 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. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take ACIPHEX.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.
ACIPHEX may affect how other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how ACIPHEX works.
Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- Atazanavir (Reyataz)
- Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
- Digoxin (Lanoxin)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
- Theophylline (THEO-24 Thelair)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Phenytoin (Dilantin)
- An antibiotic that contains amoxicillin or clarithromycin
- A “water pill” (diuretic)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these medicines, if you are not sure.
Know the medicines that you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist
when you get a new medicine.
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.