Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is used to treat erosive esophagitis in adults and children who are at least 5 years old. Pantoprazole is usually given for up to 8 weeks at a time while the esophagus heals.
Generic name : pantoprazole
Storage : Store below 30°C
Drug class : Proton pump inhibitors
Uses of Pantoprazole
Treatment of Heartburn
Treatment of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Acid reflux)
Treatment of Peptic ulcer disease
Benefits of Pantoprazole
In Treatment of Heartburn
Heartburn and acid reflux happens when a muscle above your stomach relaxes too much and allows stomach contents and acid to come back up into your esophagus and mouth. Pantoprazole tablet belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors.
It reduces the amount of acid your stomach makes and relieves the pain associated with heartburn and acid reflux. You can increase the efficiency of the medicine by making certain lifestyle changes.
These include avoiding foods that trigger the symptoms, eating smaller more frequent meals, losing weight if you are overweight.
How to use the tablet
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Pantoprazole tablet is to be taken empty stomach.
Working of Pantoprazole
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach which in turn relieves acid-related indigestion and heartburn.
Pantoprazole side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to pantoprazole: hives; difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody
Sudden pain or trouble moving your hip, wrist, or back
Bruising or swelling where intravenous pantoprazole was injected
Kidney problems - fever, rash, nausea, loss of appetite, joint pain, urinating less than usual, blood in your urine, weight gain
Low magnesium - dizziness, fast or irregular heart rate, tremors (shaking) or jerking muscle movements, feeling jittery, muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet, cough or choking feeling
Pantoprazole is not for the immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.
Long-term treatment with pantoprazole may also make it harder for your body to absorb vitamin B-12, resulting in a deficiency of this vitamin. Talk with your doctor if you need long-term pantoprazole treatment, and you have concerns about vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Pantoprazole can cause kidney problems. Tell your doctor if you are urinating less than usual, or if you have blood in your urine.
Diarrhea may be a sign of a new infection. Call your doctor if you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it.
Pantoprazole may cause new or worsening symptoms of lupus. Tell your doctor if you have joint pain and a skin rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens in sunlight.
You may be more likely to have a broken bone while taking this medicine long term or more than once per day.