Compare Carafate vs. Aciphex

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Carafate
(Sucralfate)

Aciphex
(Rabeprazole)

Coming soon.Treats heartburn and ulcers. Aciphex (Rabeprazole) is an effective medicine to treat heartburn and ulcers, but can be expensive.
Find lowest prices
Powered by GoodRxSave on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance.
No pricing data for this drug at this filter setting. Try searching onGoodRx
Reviews & ratings
Button Group. All currently active
Button Group. All currently active

Not enough reviews for this drug. Help someone out, leave a review!

Not enough reviews for this drug. Help someone out, leave a review!

Side effects
CarafateAciphex

We haven’t found good data for Carafate side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Carafate »
  • Passing gas 2%
  • Pain 2%
  • Constipaton 1%
  • Infection 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
More Aciphex side effects »
How it works
CarafateAciphex
Coming soon.Aciphex (Rabeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It lowers the amount of acid in your stomach, treats heartburn, and heals ulcers.
Type of medication
CarafateAciphex
Coming soon.
Acid reducer
Proton pump inhibitor
Prescription only
Available as
CarafateAciphex
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
CarafateAciphex
  • Duodenal ulcer disease
Risk factors for serious side effects
CarafateAciphex
Coming soon.
    • Helicobacter pylori infection
    • Autoimmune disease
    • Being hospitalized
    • Antibiotic use
    • Osteoporosis
    • Age 50 or older
    • Using high medication doses
    • Long-term therapy (1 year or more)
    • Smoking
    • Use of other medications that weaken bones
      Detailed Aciphex (Rabeprazole) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      CarafateAciphex
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.
      • Take Aciphex (Rabeprazole) with or without food. It can work better for some people if it's taken 30 minutes before a meal.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      CarafateAciphex
      Coming soon.
      • Relieves heartburn symptoms and heals ulcers better than other stomach medicines, such as Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac.
      • Lasts longer than other similar stomach medicines. Most people take it once a day.
      • Your body won't develop a tolerance to Aciphex (Rabeprazole), so it'll work the same way as long as you need to keep taking it.
      • Once heartburn symptoms are treated, a low dose of Aciphex (Rabeprazole) can be taken daily.
      Downsides and risks
      CarafateAciphex
      Coming soon.
      • Taking Aciphex (Rabeprazole) in high doses or for longer than 1 year can increase the risk for bone fractures, especially if you already have osteoporosis (weak bones).
      • Many drugs can interact with Aciphex (Rabeprazole), so talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medicines.
      • There's no generic version available, so it can be expensive.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      CarafateAciphex
      Coming soon.
      • Can take a few days to start working.
      • Take Aciphex (Rabeprazole) with or without food. It can work better for some people if it's taken 30 minutes before a meal.
      • Call your doctor if you have watery stools, stomach pain, or a fever because it could be a sign of a serious infection.
      • Aciphex (Rabeprazole) can lower the amount of magnesium in your body. Initial and follow-up blood tests may be needed before starting Aciphex (Rabeprazole).
      Learn more
      More about CarafateSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
      More about AciphexSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert