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How does rabeprazole work to treat my heartburn?

As a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), rabeprazole blocks a structure within the acid-producing cells in the stomach called the proton pump. Protons are particles that, when released into your stomach, cause the stomach juices to be acidic. When this ability is blocked, the stomach juices are no longer as strong and will not be able to cause the damage to the esophagus that normal stomach acid would be able to cause. Also, by making the juices produced by your stomach cells less strong, you are less likely to have the symptoms that often come with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), such as pain, burning and nausea. Generally, when you start taking rabeprazole for reflux you should start feeling better within a few days.

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