What is Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole (Protonix) is in a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors, which function to reduce acid production in the stomach. It is frequently prescribed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); the condition responsible for heartburn. Pantoprazole is also prescribed to treat inflammation in the esophagus, ulcers in the esophagus and stomach, and other rare conditions which result from excess acid production.
What is acid reflux?
Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal disease (GERD), is a common condition characterized by a burning pain in the lower chest area. Symptoms frequently occur after eating. If you suffer from GERD, the sphincter muscles at the bottom of your esophagus may be relaxing at the wrong time, allowing acid from the stomach to travel upward into your throat. This in turn can lead to heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and a persistent cough. Taking Pantoprazole will help alleviate these symptoms and allow your stomach and esophagus to heal.
How does Pantoprazole work?
Pantoprazole belongs to a class of drugs called “proton pump inhibitors” (PPIs). PPIs block a specific enzyme in the wall of the stomach which normally leads to acid production. By decreasing acid production, Pantoprazole alleviates the symptoms of GERD and allows inflammation in the stomach and oesophagus to resolve.
How long does Pantoprazole take to work?
Pantoprazole begins to work within 30 minutes of ingestion, however, the maximum effect can take several days. Best results are seen when the medication is taken continuously, and not as needed, for a period of time until GERD, esophagitis or gastritis have time to heal (usually 8 weeks).