This medicine contains the active ingredient pantoprazole which belongs to a group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors that help balance the amount of the acid produced. These medicines reduce the production of gastric acid. Pantoprazole is prescribed for the treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux (stomach acid goes into gullet causing heartburn, pain and inflammation), long-term management of reflux esophagitis, and it is also prescribed to prevent stomach ulcers to form and to bleed (especially in patients who use NSAIDs for a long time).
Is Pantoprazole suitable for me?
Pantoprazole is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to pantoprazole, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are taking a medicine containing atazanavir or nelfinavir (used for HIV infection)
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breast-feeding
- have serious liver problems
- need to take medicines called NSAIDs continuously
- have low levels of magnesium in your blood
- have osteoporosis or low bone mineral density (osteopenia)
- have reduced amounts of vitamin B12
Pantoprazole interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Pantoprazole?
This medicine is available in form of a gastro-resistant tablet.
You should take pantoprazole exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your condition and needs.
- The usual dose is one 20 mg tablet per day, taken before meal.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Pantoprazole side effects?
Like all medicines pantoprazole can cause side effects, including:
- nausea, vomiting
- dry mouth
- abdominal pain and discomfort
- skin rash, itching
- lack of the sense of taste
- blurred vision
- pain in the joints
- muscle pains
- weight changes
- raised body temperature
- high fever
- swelling of the extremities
- allergic reactions
- breast enlargement in men
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.