Are There Substitutes for Brand-Name Aciphex?
The tablet form of Aciphex (rabeprazole sodium) can be purchased in generic form, but the sprinkle capsules can't. The FDA has determined that all of the generic versions are as good as brand-name Aciphex; however, generics are allowed to contain different inactive ingredients, which may cause problems for certain people.
An Overview of Generic AciphexAciphex® (rabeprazole sodium) is a medication that has been licensed to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Erosive esophagitis
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections
- Pathological hypersecretory conditions (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).
- Duodenal ulcers.
Aciphex is made by Eisai Co., Ltd. It is marketed by Eisai and PRICARA, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Aciphex tablets are available in generic form. The sprinkle capsules are not available in generic form at this time (see Generic Aciphex Sprinkle for more information).
Generic Aciphex is available in one strength: rabeprazole 20 mg tablets. It is made by manufacturers such as:
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
All generic medications undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic rabeprazole versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Aciphex.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.