This article is about Pantoprazole (Protonix), a proton pump inhibitor used to reduce the production of acid in the stomach, and treat acid reflux and accompanying symptoms. In what follows, the reader will find information on what Pantoprazole is, how it works, which active and inactive ingredients it contains, how to take it, which possible side effects it may cause, and contraindications. If you suffer from acid reflux, also known as heartburn, doctors at Medzino can issue a prescription for Pantoprazole 20mg or 40mg.
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Pantoprazole (Protonix) is used to treat acid reflux (heartburn). Acid reflux often occurs after eating. It is a common is a common condition characterized by a burning pain in the lower chest area, and happens when stomach acid flows up into the food pipe (oesophagus). If you suffer from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), your stomach produces too much acid, which can result in symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. Taking Pantoprazole will help alleviate those symptoms and allow your stomach and oesophagus to heal.
Acid reflux is a common condition characterized by a burning pain in the lower chest area, often after eating. Acid reflux happens when stomach acid flows up into the food pipe (oesophagus).
Pantoprazole belongs to a class of drugs called “proton pump inhibitors” (PPIs), which block the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid, thus decreasing the production of acid in the stomach and alleviating symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. By decreasing the production of acid, the stomach and the oesophagus are allowed to heal. If you are pregnant, considering becoming pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding, ask your doctor for advice before taking Pantoprazole.
Pantoprazole will start to work 30 minutes after it’s taken. However, the maximum effect will likely take several days. The best results are seen when the medication is taken continuously, and not as needed, for a period of time until GERD or esophagitis/gastritis are healed (usually 8 weeks).
Pantoprazole is a medication of the “proton pump inhibitor” class. When taken orally, the medication works by blocking the proton pump (hydrogen-potassium (H-K) ATPase pump) in the stomach which pumps Hydrogen ions (acid) into the stomach. Thus, it reduces the amount of stomach acid in the stomach.
Pantoprazole contains the active ingredient pantoprazole sodium at a concentration of 20mg, or 40mg.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients: calcium stearate, crospovidone, hypromellose, iron oxide, mannitol, methacrylic acid copolymer, polysorbate 80, povidone, propylene glycol, sodium carbonate, sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, and triethyl citrate
Always take Pantoprazole exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
To treat acid reflux in adults and adolescents (12 years), the recommended dosage is usually 1 tablet a day (40mg), one hour before your first meal in the morning. Take the tablet orally (by mouth) with a glass of water without breaking, chewing, or crushing the tablet. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you forgot and take the one that is due. Do not double the doses.
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may increase the dosage to 2 tablets a day. In this case, take one dose in the morning and one in the evening. The treatment for acid reflux usually lasts between 4 and 8 weeks, but may vary depending on your doctor’s recommendation.
The dose of Pantoprazole is 20mg to 40mg once daily for up to 8 weeks. The lower dose (20mg once daily) has been used successfully to treat mild GERD.
Do not double the dose you missed. Simply resume taking the next day’s dose at the prescribed time.
If you have taken too much Pantoprazole, call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.
Stop taking these tablets and tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
Some possible common side effects include:
The co-administration of Pantoprazole with other medicines may interact with the effects of Pantoprazole or these other medicines. It is not recommended to take Rilpivirine (for the treatment of HIV) with Pantoprazole. Pantoprazole is usually also not recommended with the following medicines, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, dosages may change. The following list may be incomplete. Always inform your doctor of all the drugs and supplements you take:
It is contraindicated to take Pantoprazole in the following cases:
Although they are not the same medication, they work in the same way and are used to treat the same conditions. They are created by different manufacturers. Pantoprazole also comes in an intravenous form which is used in the hospital setting for upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
In general, significant anxiety is not a known side effect of Pantoprazole.
There is a list of medications that interact with Pantoprazole. You can also avoid foods that make your symptoms worse (spicy, acidic foods or large meals). Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications and supplements you are taking.
Pantoprazole is readily and easily absorbed in the upper GI tract.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. You and your physician will determine if and how you should take any medication prescribed to you following a medical consultation.
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