Can rabeprazole have serious side effects?

Some serious side effects can occur when you take rabeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following: blistering or peeling skin, swelling of the eyes, face, or mouth, difficulty breathing or swallowing, a fast or irregular heartbeat, or muscle spasms. Fortunately, these serious side effects are very rare.

You should also be aware that rabeprazole could increase your risk of bone fractures. The Food and Drug Administration warns that studies done mainly in patients ages 50 and older have shown that using a PPI like rabeprazole may increase the risk of breaking your wrist, hip or spine. People who take a PPI for more than a year or at higher doses seem to have a greater risk for these types of fractures. This warning does not mean that you will experience a fracture or that you should stop using rabeprazole. It does mean that you should ask your doctor about any concerns you may have, and make sure to take rabeprazole exactly as directed by your doctor.

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