Rabeprazole Sodium: Package Insert and Label Information (Page 3 of 7)

8.2 Lactation

Risk Summary

Lactation studies have not been conducted to assess the presence of rabeprazole in human milk, the effects of rabeprazole on the breastfed infant, or the effects of rabeprazole on milk production. Rabeprazole is present in rat milk. The development and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for rabeprazole sodium and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from rabeprazole sodium or from the underlying maternal condition.

8.4 Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets have been established in pediatric patients for adolescent patients 12 years of age and older for the treatment of symptomatic GERD. Use of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets in this age group is supported by adequate and well controlled studies in adults and a multicenter, randomized, open-label, parallel-group study in 111 adolescent patients 12 to 16 years of age. Patients had a clinical diagnosis of symptomatic GERD, or suspected or endoscopically proven GERD and were randomized to either 10 mg or 20 mg once daily for up to 8 weeks for the evaluation of safety and efficacy. The adverse reaction profile in adolescent patients was similar to that of adults. The related reported adverse reactions that occurred in ≥ 2% of patients were headache (5%) and nausea (2%). There were no adverse reactions reported in these studies that were not previously observed in adults.

The safety and effectiveness of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets have not been established in pediatric patients for:

  • Healing of Erosive or Ulcerative GERD
  • Maintenance of Healing of Erosive or Ulcerative GERD
  • Treatment of Symptomatic GERD
  • Healing of Duodenal Ulcers
  • Helicobacter pylori Eradication to Reduce the Risk of Duodenal Ulcer Recurrence
  • Treatment of Pathological Hypersecretory Conditions, Including Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome

Rabeprazole sodium delayed-release 20 mg tablets are not recommended for use in pediatric patients less than 12 years of age because the tablet strength exceeds the recommended dose for these patients [see Dosage and Administration (2)]. For pediatric patients 1 year to less than 12 years of age consider another rabeprazole formulation. The safety and effectiveness of a different dosage form and dosage strength of rabeprazole has been established in pediatric patients 1 to 11 years for the treatment of GERD.

Juvenile Animal Data

Studies in juvenile and young adult rats and dogs were performed. In juvenile animal studies rabeprazole sodium was administered orally to rats for up to 5 weeks and to dogs for up to 13 weeks, each commencing on Day 7 post-partum and followed by a 13-week recovery period. Rats were dosed at 5 mg/kg/day, 25 mg/kg/day, or 150 mg/kg/day and dogs were dosed at 3 mg/kg/day, 10 mg/kg/day, or 30 mg/kg/day. The data from these studies were comparable to those reported for young adult animals. Pharmacologically mediated changes, including increased serum gastrin levels and stomach changes, were observed at all dose levels in both rats and dogs. These observations were reversible over the 13-week recovery periods. Although body weights and/or crown-rump lengths were minimally decreased during dosing, no effects on the development parameters were noted in either juvenile rats or dogs.

When juvenile animals were treated for 28 days with a different PPI at doses equal to or greater than 34 times the daily oral human dose on a body surface area basis, overall growth was affected and treatment-related decreases in body weight (approximately 14%) and body weight gain, and decreases in femur weight and femur length were observed.

8.5 Geriatric Use

Of the total number of subjects (n=2,009) in clinical studies of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets, 19% were 65 years and over, while 4% were 75 years and over. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these subjects and younger subjects, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.

8.6 Hepatic Impairment

Administration of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets to patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class A and B, respectively) resulted in increased exposure and decreased elimination [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. No dosage adjustment is necessary in patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment. There is no information in patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class C). Avoid use of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets in patients with severe hepatic impairment; however, if treatment is necessary, monitor patients for adverse reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5), Adverse Reactions (6)].


Seven reports of accidental overdosage with rabeprazole have been received. The maximum reported overdose was 80 mg. There were no clinical signs or symptoms associated with any reported overdose. Patients with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome have been treated with up to 120 mg rabeprazole once daily. No specific antidote for rabeprazole is known. Rabeprazole is extensively protein bound and is not readily dialyzable.

In the event of overdosage, treatment should be symptomatic and supportive.

If over-exposure occurs, call your Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for current information on the management of poisoning or overdosage.


The active ingredient in rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets is rabeprazole sodium, USP which is a proton pump inhibitor. It is a substituted benzimidazole known chemically as 2-[[[4-(3-­methoxypropoxy)-3-methyl-2-pyridinyl]-methyl]sulfinyl]-1H –benzimidazole sodium salt. It has an empirical formula of C18 H20 N3 NaO3 S and a molecular weight of 381.42. Rabeprazole sodium, USP is a white to slightly yellowish-white solid. It is very soluble in water and methanol, freely soluble in ethanol, chloroform, and ethyl acetate and insoluble in ether and n- hexane. The stability of rabeprazole sodium is a function of pH; it is rapidly degraded in acid media, and is more stable under alkaline conditions. The structural figure is:

Figure 1

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Rabeprazole sodium, USP is available for oral administration as delayed-release, enteric-coated tablets containing 20 mg of rabeprazole sodium, USP.

Inactive ingredients of the 20 mg tablet are ammonium hydroxide, crospovidone, diethyl phthalate, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose phthalate, iron oxide black, iron oxide yellow, light magnesium oxide, magnesium stearate, mannitol, propylene glycol, shellac, sodium stearyl fumarate, talc, and titanium dioxide.


12.1 Mechanism of Action

Rabeprazole belongs to a class of antisecretory compounds (substituted benzimidazole proton-pump inhibitors) that do not exhibit anticholinergic or histamine H2 -receptor antagonist properties, but suppress gastric acid secretion by inhibiting the gastric H+ , K+ ATPase at the secretory surface of the gastric parietal cell. Because this enzyme is regarded as the acid (proton) pump within the parietal cell, rabeprazole has been characterized as a gastric proton-pump inhibitor. Rabeprazole blocks the final step of gastric acid secretion.

In gastric parietal cells, rabeprazole is protonated, accumulates, and is transformed to an active sulfenamide. When studied in vitro , rabeprazole is chemically activated at pH 1.2 with a half-life of 78 seconds. It inhibits acid transport in porcine gastric vesicles with a half-life of 90 seconds.

12.2 Pharmacodynamics

Antisecretory Activity

The antisecretory effect begins within one hour after oral administration of 20 mg rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets. The median inhibitory effect of rabeprazole on 24 hour gastric acidity is 88% of maximal after the first dose. A 20 mg dose of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets inhibits basal and peptone meal-stimulated acid secretion versus placebo by 86% and 95%, respectively, and increases the percent of a 24-hour period that the gastric pH > 3 from 10% to 65% (see table below). This relatively prolonged pharmacodynamic action compared to the short pharmacokinetic half-life (1 to 2 hours) reflects the sustained inactivation of the H+ , K+ ATPase.

Table 3: Gastric Acid Parameters: Rabeprazole Sodium Delayed-Release Tablets versus Placebo After 7 Days of Once Daily Dosing


Rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets

(20 mg once daily)


Basal Acid Output (mmol/hr)



Stimulated Acid Output (mmol/hr)



% Time Gastric pH > 3



* (p < 0.01 versus placebo)

Compared to placebo, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets, administered once daily for 7 days significantly decreased intragastric acidity with all doses for each of four meal-related intervals and the 24-hour time period overall. In this study, there were no statistically significant differences between doses; however, there was a significant dose-related decrease in intragastric acidity. The ability of rabeprazole to cause a dose-related decrease in mean intragastric acidity is illustrated below.

Table 4: AUC Acidity (Mmol•Hr/L): Rabeprazole Sodium Delayed-Release Tablets versus Placebo on Day 7 of Once Daily Dosing (Mean±SD)

AUC interval


Rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets



10 mg (N=24)

20 mg


40 mg


08:00 – 13:00





13:00 – 19:00





19:00 – 22:00





22:00 – 08:00





AUC 0-24






* (p < 0.001 versus placebo)

After administration of 20 mg rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets once daily for eight days, the mean percent of time that gastric pH greater than 3 or gastric pH greater than 4 after a single dose (Day 1) and multiple doses (Day 8) was significantly greater than placebo (see table below). The decrease in gastric acidity and the increase in gastric pH observed with 20 mg rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets administered once daily for eight days were compared to the same parameters for placebo, as illustrated below:

Table 5: Gastric Acid Parameters Rabeprazole Sodium Delayed-Release Tablets Once Daily Dosing versus Placebo on Day 1 and Day 8


Rabeprazole sodium delayed-release

tablets 20 mg once daily


Day 1

Day 8

Day 1

Day 8

Mean AUC0-24 Acidity





Median trough pH (23-hr)a





% Time Gastric pH greater than 3b





% Time Gastric pH greater than 4b





a No inferential statistics conducted for this parameter.

b Gastric pH was measured every hour over a 24-hour period.

* (p < 0.001 versus placebo)

Effects on Esophageal Acid Exposure

In patients with GERD and moderate to severe esophageal acid exposure, a dose of 20 mg and 40 mg per day of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets decreased 24-hour esophageal acid exposure. After seven days of treatment, the percentage of time that the esophageal pH was less than 4 decreased from baselines of 24.7% for 20 mg and 23.7% for 40 mg, to 5.1% and 2.0%, respectively. Normalization of 24-hour intraesophageal acid exposure was correlated to gastric pH greater than 4 for at least 35% of the 24-hour period; this level was achieved in 90% of subjects receiving rabeprazole sodium 20 mg and in 100% of subjects receiving rabeprazole sodium 40 mg. With rabeprazole sodium 20 mg and 40 mg per day, significant effects on gastric and esophageal pH were noted after one day of treatment, and more pronounced after seven days of treatment.

Effects on Serum Gastrin

The median fasting gastrin level increased in a dose-related manner in patients treated once daily with rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets for up to eight weeks for ulcerative or erosive esophagitis and in patients treated for up to 52 weeks to prevent recurrence of disease. The group median values stayed within the normal range.

In a group of subjects treated with 20 mg rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets for 4 weeks a doubling of mean serum gastrin concentrations was observed. Approximately 35% of these treated subjects developed serum gastrin concentrations above the upper limit of normal.

Effects on Enterochromaffin-like (ECL) Cells

Increased serum gastrin secondary to antisecretory agents stimulates proliferation of gastric ECL cells which, over time, may result in ECL cell hyperplasia in rats and mice and gastric carcinoids in rats, especially in females [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

In over 400 patients treated with rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets (10 or 20 mg) once daily for up to one year, the incidence of ECL cell hyperplasia increased with time and dose, which is consistent with the pharmacological action of the proton pump inhibitor. No patient developed the adenomatoid, dysplastic or neoplastic changes of ECL cells in the gastric mucosa. No patient developed the carcinoid tumors observed in rats.

Endocrine Effects

Studies in humans for up to one year have not revealed clinically significant effects on the endocrine system. In healthy male subjects treated with rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets for 13 days, no clinically relevant changes have been detected in the following endocrine parameters examined: 17 β-estradiol, thyroid stimulating hormone, tri-iodothyronine, thyroxine, thyroxine-binding protein, parathyroid hormone, insulin, glucagon, renin, aldosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, luteotrophic hormone, prolactin, somatotrophic hormone, dehydroepiandrosterone, cortisol-binding globulin, and urinary 6β-hydroxycortisol, serum testosterone and circadian cortisol profile.

Other Effects

In humans treated with rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets for up to one year, no systemic effects have been observed on the central nervous, lymphoid, hematopoietic, renal, hepatic, cardiovascular, or respiratory systems. No data are available on long-term treatment with rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets and ocular effects.

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