I have taken Aciphex for years with no problem. Now my insurance will only pay for the new generic. I am nauseated in the morning and even more so at night and feel terrible. Is anybody else experiencing this?
Yes, I have been on the mylan version of rabeprazole sodium( also known by the brand name aciphex )and I have notices sub par performance over several months. I tried giving it an adjustmentment period in case the body needed to get used to a slightly different but in theory same pill. Ply if there was any chance a small cold or other virus was causing stomach issues at a low level creating a false positive. Not that option ether.
The only thing I can say is yes there is a difference between the generic rabeprazole and the main brand name aciphex I have tried. Equally the insurance company demands the generic or its $700.00 seven hundred USA dollars for a months supply. Not a doable option on my income level.
I am so glad I found this forum. I'm in tears right now with the pain and burning and acid burps and horrible bowels. My insurance switched me to generic aciphex three weeks ago. I feel awful. I had years of completely controlled symptoms. Ive asked for the name brand back and was declined. I've tried many of the PPIs with no success. Ugh.
I have severe laryngeal-pharyngeal reflux. Aciphex really helped. When my insurance offered a $20 copay for the generic (as compared to $300 for the brand name/three months' supply), I decided to try the generic. I used the generic made by Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc. and it worked as well as the brand name for the year that I took it. Now my insurance has switched to a different pharmacy (CVS instead of Express Scripts) and CVS uses the Aciphex generic made by Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. It does not work at all. I have severe heartburn, gas pains, and stomach aches. I'm very worried that the laryngitis will return soon.
I did great on the generic for about a year. For the last two months, I have been having a lot of problems, but this is sporadic. The company making my version is Lupin in India. I think they are either skimping on the active ingredients, or they are including placebos in with the real thing. I called my pharmacy and was told this is impossible as the FDA inspects drugs. But it is certainly impossible to inspect every bottle and every pill. I've yet to make an appointment with my doctor, but I am going to have to as some days are unbearable.
The last time I got a supply of the generic for Aciphex, I got 3 bottles of 30. Two were from TEVA and one was from Lupin. I used a Teva first and was fine. Next I started a bottle from Lupin and after a few days, I was choking and coughing after each meal plus having heartburn. I stopped that bottle and switched back to a Teva and after 3 days I am fine again. There is definitely a problem with the Lupin. I would love to be able to purchase real Aciphex again. Someone posted that they get it from an international web site (?) and I would like more information if possible. Thanks!
There are now 8 generic mfg's of Aciphex. I've taken Eisai's brand Aciphex for 15years with great success. I've tried 3 of the original generics that came out in 2013, and only one works for me, and that's the one by Krem, aka Kremers Urban Dev. It's a blue pill, same size as the yellow aciphex. Krem's generic works great, even better than the aciphex brand itself. I highly recommend the Kremers generic. The two original generics that don't work for me at all are from Mylan & Teva.
I have been taking aciphex or it's generic for 15 years. When the generic became available, my pharm sent me the generic from Kremers. It worked as well as the brand name. In Jan my pharm company was changed to Caremark and when it was time to reorder in April they sent me the generic form from Lupin. In 2 days I had a sore throat and stomach pains. I took it until last week and decided that was enough and got some samples of brand aciphex from my doctor and resubmitted my prescription specifying Kremers. They don't stock Kremers but said they could get it but it will take longer. I hope it won't be long before they can send my Kremers. I have noticed that some of the folks on here also like the version from Teva. Don't know anything about the Teva one. Lupin comes from India and Teva comes from Israel. I will absolutely not EVER take the one from Lupin again.
I've been taking brand Aciphex for many years and have been doing well. I just found out my insurance will no longer cover brand drugs that have generics. So I am trying to find a generic that will work.
The main problem I have with generics is the presence of Croscarmellose Sodium, a filler used in a lot of them, which causes terrible gastrointestinal distress! It causes me horrible cramps and diarrhea ... like 8x/day! So I read these comments with great interest. I can tell you that Mylan probably causes so many problems for folks because ... it contains Croscarmellose Sodium!
The others that were mentioned (Lupin, Teva, Kremens Urban) do not contain Croscarmellose Sodium. The latter variety (Kremens) seems to contain the fewest "fillers" altogether.
I will have to see if I can get a local pharmacy to stock one of the non-Croscarmellose Sodium generics so I can try it.
You can check the generics for inactive ingredients that include this by googling the name and rabeprazole (e.g., Mylan rabeprazole) checking the link to the dailymed dot nlm dot nih dot gov web site for the drug. Then go to "Inactive Ingredients" and check it out.
I wish there was a way to prohibit the use of this filler.
- Aciphex Information for Consumers
- Aciphex Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Aciphex (detailed)
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