AcipHex

ACIPHEX- rabeprazole sodium tablet, coated
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1. INDICATIONS AND USAGE

1.1. Healing of Erosive or Ulcerative GERD

ACIPHEX is indicated for short-term (4 to 8 weeks) treatment in the healing and symptomatic relief of erosive or ulcerative gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For those patients who have not healed after 8 weeks of treatment, an additional 8-week course of ACIPHEX may be considered.

1.2. Maintenance of Healing of Erosive or Ulcerative GERD

ACIPHEX is indicated for maintaining healing and reduction in relapse rates of heartburn symptoms in patients with erosive or ulcerative gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD Maintenance). Controlled studies do not extend beyond 12 months.

1.3. Treatment of Symptomatic GERD

ACIPHEX is indicated for the treatment of daytime and nighttime heartburn and other symptoms associated with GERD in adults and adolescents 12 years of age and above.

1.4. Healing of Duodenal Ulcers

ACIPHEX is indicated for short-term (up to four weeks) treatment in the healing and symptomatic relief of duodenal ulcers. Most patients heal within four weeks.

1.5. Helicobacter pylori Eradication to Reduce the Risk of Duodenal Ulcer Recurrence

ACIPHEX in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin as a three drug regimen, is indicated for the treatment of patients with H. pylori infection and duodenal ulcer disease (active or history within the past 5 years) to eradicate H. pylori. Eradication of H. pylori has been shown to reduce the risk of duodenal ulcer recurrence. {See CLINICAL STUDIES (14.5) and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION (2.5)}.

In patients who fail therapy, susceptibility testing should be done. If resistance to clarithromycin is demonstrated or susceptibility testing is not possible, alternative antimicrobial therapy should be instituted. {See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Microbiology (12.2) and the clarithromycin package insert, CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Microbiology.}

1.6. Treatment of Pathological Hypersecretory Conditions, Including Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome

ACIPHEX is indicated for the long-term treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

2. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

ACIPHEX tablets should be swallowed whole. The tablets should not be chewed, crushed, or split. ACIPHEX can be taken with or without food.

2.1. Healing of Erosive or Ulcerative GERD

The recommended adult oral dose is one ACIPHEX 20 mg delayed-release tablet to be taken once daily for four to eight weeks. {See INDICATIONS AND USAGE (1.1)}. For those patients who have not healed after 8 weeks of treatment, an additional 8-week course of ACIPHEX may be considered.

2.2. Maintenance of Healing of Erosive or Ulcerative GERD

The recommended adult oral dose is one ACIPHEX 20 mg delayed-release tablet to be taken once daily. {See INDICATIONS AND USAGE (1.2)}.

2.3. Treatment of Symptomatic GERD

The recommended adult oral dose is one ACIPHEX 20 mg delayed-release tablet to be taken once daily for 4 weeks. {See INDICATIONS AND USAGE (1.3)}. If symptoms do not resolve completely after 4 weeks, an additional course of treatment may be considered. The recommended adolescent dosing is listed in Section 2.7.

2.4. Healing of Duodenal Ulcers

The recommended adult oral dose is one ACIPHEX 20 mg delayed-release tablet to be taken once daily after the morning meal for a period up to four weeks. {See INDICATIONS AND USAGE (1.4)}. Most patients with duodenal ulcer heal within four weeks. A few patients may require additional therapy to achieve healing.

2.5. Helicobacter pylori Eradication to Reduce the Risk of Duodenal Ulcer Recurrence

TABLE 1 THREE DRUG REGIMENa
All three medications should be taken twice daily with the morning and evening meals.a It is important that patients comply with the full 7-day regimen. {See CLINICAL STUDIES section (14.5)}.
ACIPHEX 20 mg Twice Daily for 7 Days
Amoxicillin 1000 mg Twice Daily for 7 Days
Clarithromycin 500 mg Twice Daily for 7 Days

2.6. Treatment of Pathological Hypersecretory Conditions, Including Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome

The dosage of ACIPHEX in patients with pathologic hypersecretory conditions varies with the individual patient. The recommended adult oral starting dose is 60 mg once a day. Doses should be adjusted to individual patient needs and should continue for as long as clinically indicated. Some patients may require divided doses. Doses up to 100 mg QD and 60 mg BID have been administered. Some patients with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome have been treated continuously with ACIPHEX for up to one year.

2.7. Short-term Treatment of GERD in Adolescent Patients 12 Years of Age and Above

The recommended oral dose for adolescents 12 years of age and above is 20 mg once daily for up to 8 weeks {See Pediatric Use (8.4)}.

2.8. Elderly, Renal and Hepatic Impaired Patients

No dosage adjustment is necessary in elderly patients, in patients with renal disease or in patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment. Administration of rabeprazole to patients with mild to moderate liver impairment resulted in increased exposure and decreased elimination. Due to the lack of clinical data on rabeprazole in patients with severe hepatic impairment, caution should be exercised in those patients.

3. DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

20 mg light yellow enteric-coated delayed-release tablets. The name and strength, in mg, (ACIPHEX 20) is imprinted on one side.

4. CONTRAINDICATIONS

4.1. Hypersensitivity to rabeprazole

Rabeprazole is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to rabeprazole, substituted benzimidazoles or to any component of the formulation.

4.2. Use of Clarithromycin and hypersensitivity to macrolide antibiotics

Clarithromycin is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to any macrolide antibiotic.

4.3. Concomitant use of Clarithromycin with pimozide and cisapride

Concomitant administration of clarithromycin with pimozide and cisapride is contraindicated. There have been post-marketing reports of drug interactions when clarithromycin and/or erythromycin are co-administered with pimozide resulting in cardiac arrhythmias (QT prolongation, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and torsade de pointes) most likely due to inhibition of hepatic metabolism of pimozide by erythromycin and clarithromycin. Fatalities have been reported. (Please refer to full prescribing information for clarithromycin.)

4.4. Amoxicillin and hypersensitivity to penicillin

Amoxicillin is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to any penicillin. (Please refer to full prescribing information for amoxicillin.)

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