Rabeprazole can be used to treat some stomach and digestive conditions, such as acid reflux or heartburn, according to WebMD. By decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach, it can help to prevent acid-related issues. It can even help to prevent cancer of the esophagus by preventing ulcers and other damage caused by excessive acid production.
Rabeprazole carries with it certain side effects, such as headaches, but most people who take this medication do not experience serious side effects, states WebMD. The side effects that do occur are usually mild, but if headaches or other symptoms worsen significantly, medical advice should be sought. Other more serious side effects can include low magnesium levels in the blood, muscle spasms or seizures.
Due to bacteria risks, Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea can develop and prove to be severe for the intestines. If this particular symptom occurs, other anti-diarrheal medications should be avoided because they can make the condition worse. If the patient experiences persistent diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, blood in the stool or mucus in the stool, medical assistance should be sought. Rarely, an allergic reaction can occur, which is marked by rash, itchy skin, swelling in the face, tongue or throat, dizziness and difficulty breathing.