Aciphex Sprinkle Uses

How Does Aciphex Sprinkle Work?

The stomach contains tiny pumps called proton pumps. These proton pumps produce acid. Aciphex Sprinkle works by binding to the proton pumps and preventing them from producing acid. PPIs are quite effective at decreasing acid production, as they work directly at the acid pumps.
Aciphex Sprinkle capsules contain tiny, delayed-release granules that contain the medication. These granules are enteric coated, which means they have a special coating on them to protect them from stomach acid that can destroy the medication. This coating protects the medication as it passes through the stomach to the small intestine, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Is It Safe for Children to Use It?

Aciphex Sprinkle has been approved to treat GERD in children ages 1 to 11 years old. At this time, studies suggest the medication is not effective for treating GERD in infants 11 months of age or younger. Nonetheless, PPI medications like Aciphex Sprinkle are commonly used in infants with severe GERD, even though they are not approved for such use.

Off-Label Uses for Aciphex Sprinkle

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Using Aciphex Sprinkle to treat indigestion or heartburn not related to GERD would be an example of an off-label use. Giving the drug to infants or to anyone for long-term use (more than 12 weeks) would also be an off-label use.
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