Q. What is Ropraz 20 Tablet used for?
Ropraz 20 Tablet is used for the treatment of stomach and intestinal ulcers (gastric and duodenal ulcers), reflux esophagitis, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It works by reducing the amount of acid made by your stomach and thus relieves your symptoms. Ropraz 20 Tablet also prevents acidity associated with the use of painkillers and stress ulcers in critically ill people. It is also used to treat a disease associated with excessive acid production in the stomach known as Zollinger Ellison syndrome (ZES).
Q. How long does it take for Ropraz 20 Tablet to work?
Ropraz 20 Tablet starts working within an hour of taking it and shows maximum benefit within two to four hours. You should start feeling better within 2 to 3 days but it may take up to 4 weeks to relieve your symptoms significantly.
Q. What is the best time to take Ropraz 20 Tablet?
It is best to take Ropraz 20 Tablet before your breakfast. If you are taking two doses, take it in the morning and evening. Ropraz 20 Tablet is more effective when it is taken an hour before your food.
Q. Can I stop taking Ropraz 20 Tablet if I feel better?
No, do not stop taking Ropraz 20 Tablet before completing the full course of treatment. You will start to feel better before your treatment is complete.
Q. Does Ropraz 20 Tablet cause bone problems?
Yes, long-term use of Ropraz 20 Tablet can cause thinning of bones, which is called osteoporosis. Ropraz 20 Tablet decreases the calcium absorption leading to calcium deficiency and increases the risk of bone fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. Take an adequate amount of calcium in your diet or take the supplements as advised by your doctor to avoid any bone problems.
Q. How is Ropraz 20 Tablet useful in the treatment of H. pylori infection?
Ropraz 20 Tablet is used along with antibiotics for the treatment of H.Pylori infection. It works by decreasing stomach acid volume and decreasing breakdown and washout of antibiotics leading to an increased antibiotic concentration and tissue penetration. It also helps in symptomatic relief by decreasing associated acidity, reflux, and heartburn.
Q. Can I take Ropraz 20 Tablet with vitamin D?
Yes, vitamin D can be taken along with Ropraz 20 Tablet. Vitamin D is generally advised to be taken as a supplement with Ropraz 20 Tablet as the long-term use of Ropraz 20 Tablet decreases the absorption of calcium and may lead to calcium deficiency. This can lead to osteoporosis (thinning of bones) and increase the risk of bone fractures like hip, wrist, and spine fractures. Please consult your doctor to know about ways to prevent this.
Q. Can long term use of Ropraz 20 Tablet cause magnesium deficiency?
Long-term use of Ropraz 20 Tablet can lower magnesium levels in patients taking multiple daily doses for 3 months or longer. Get your magnesium levels checked at regular intervals. Tell your doctor if you experience seizures (fits), dizziness, abnormal or fast heartbeat, jitteriness, jerking movements or shaking (tremors), muscle weakness, spasms of the hands and feet, cramps, muscle aches.
Q. Is it safe to use Ropraz 20 Tablet for a long period of time?
Ropraz 20 Tablet should be used for as long as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Ropraz 20 Tablet is usually considered to be safe when taken in the recommended dose and duration. If Ropraz 20 Tablet is used for more than 3 months, certain long-term side effects may be seen. The most important of these is low magnesium levels in your blood, making you feel tired, confused, dizzy, shaky, or dizzy. You may also have muscle twitches or irregular heartbeat. If the use is further prolonged for more than a year, you may have an increased risk of bone fractures, stomach infections, subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, osteoporosis, and vitamin B12 deficiency.
Q. Can I take alcohol with Ropraz 20 Tablet?
No, alcohol intake is not advised with Ropraz 20 Tablet. Alcohol itself does not affect the working of Ropraz 20 Tablet, but it can increase acid production. This may further cause worsening of your symptoms.
Q. What dietary changes should I make to get relief from acidity?
Ropraz 20 Tablet is best taken 1 hour before a meal. You should avoid spicy and fatty foods while taking this medicine. It also helps to cut down on caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee, and cola. Alcohol intake should also be avoided as it may worsen your symptoms.
Q. What other lifestyle changes should I make to get maximum benefit of Ropraz 20 Tablet?
You make see better results if you make certain dietary and lifestyle changes while taking Ropraz 20 Tablet. Exercise regularly and eat healthily. You can consult your dietician to get a diet chart that suits you best. Eat at least 3 hours before sleeping to reduce the chances of aggravation of your symptoms at night. You should avoid spicy and fatty foods while taking this medicine. Refrain from caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee, and cola. Alcohol intake and smoking should also be avoided as they may worsen your symptoms.
Q. Can I take antacids along with Ropraz 20 Tablet?
Yes, you can take antacids along with Ropraz 20 Tablet. Take it 2 hours before or after you take Ropraz 20 Tablet.