What is rabeprazole used to treat?

Rabeprazole, a drug known as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), is used to treat several conditions. If you have a disease called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the acid that your stomach makes to help break down food goes backward up the esophagus, which is the tube connecting your throat with your stomach. The backward flow of the strong stomach acid can cause symptoms such as pain and nausea, but can also damage the esophagus. A medicine such as rabeprazole can help by blocking the ability of the stomach to produce acid. Besides treating GERD, rabeprazole is used in cases where the beginning of the small intestine, called the duodenum, has a hole in it -- an ulcer. Rabeprazole may sometimes be used for a few weeks to help heal the ulcer and reduce symptoms caused by the ulcer. Besides treating GERD and helping with the healing of ulcers, rabeprazole can be used to treat conditions in which the stomach is producing too much acid -- an example is a disease called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Finally, if you are infected with the ulcer-causing bacteria called H. pylori, rabeprazole might be used to help get rid of this bacteria.

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