Pariet is a medication that belongs to the class of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Its generic name is rabeprazole sodium. Pariet works by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach to treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach ulcers, and other acid-related disorders. It is available in the form of delayed-release tablets, which should be taken orally.
Pariet is contraindicated in individuals who have a known hypersensitivity to rabeprazole sodium or any other components of the medication. It is not recommended for use in patients who are allergic to substituted benzimidazoles or have a history of severe hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, after taking other proton pump inhibitors.
Pariet may cause certain side effects. The most common side effects include headache, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, and flatulence. If these side effects persist or worsen, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional. In rare cases, Pariet can cause severe side effects such as allergic reactions, including rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing. If any of these serious side effects occur, immediate medical attention should be sought.
Pariet tablets should be taken orally, swallowed whole with a glass of water. They should not be chewed, crushed, or split. The usual dosage is one tablet per day, preferably in the morning before breakfast. Pariet should be taken for the prescribed duration as directed by the healthcare professional, even if the symptoms improve. If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as remembered. However, if it is close to the time of the next scheduled dose, the missed dose should be skipped. In case of an overdose, immediate medical assistance should be sought.
Pariet may interact with certain medications, leading to potential drug interactions. It is important to inform the healthcare professional about all the medications, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products, being taken. Pariet may interact with drugs such as ketoconazole, digoxin, clarithromycin, and methotrexate, among others. These interactions may affect the effectiveness of either Pariet or the co-administered medication. Adjustments in the dosages or alternative treatments may be required to minimize the risk of interactions.
Q: Can Pariet be taken during pregnancy?
A: Pariet should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed and under the supervision of a healthcare professional. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with the healthcare provider.
Q: Can Pariet be taken while breastfeeding?
A: It is unknown whether Pariet passes into breast milk. Therefore, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before taking Pariet while breastfeeding.
Q: Can Pariet be taken with food?
A: Pariet can be taken with or without food. However, it is recommended to take it before breakfast for optimal effectiveness.
Q: Can Pariet be taken with antacids?
A: Antacids may decrease the effectiveness of Pariet. Therefore, it is advisable to take Pariet at least 30 minutes before taking antacids.
Q: How long does it take for Pariet to start working?
A: The onset of action of Pariet may vary among individuals. It may take several days to weeks for the full therapeutic effect to be achieved. It is essential to continue taking the medication as prescribed by the healthcare professional.