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Pantoprazole

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Content reviewed on 06-09-20 Dr. Caroline Fontana
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What is Pantoprazole?

Pantoprazole is a medication used to combat acid reflux and any complications. It belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors. These medicines stop excess stomach acid from being produced, providing relief from symptoms for up to 24 hours.

Pantoprazole can effectively treat the following conditions:

  • peptic ulcers
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (and heartburn)
  • ulcers caused by long-term use of NSAIDs
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

How does Pantoprazole work?

The cells that line your stomach contain proton pumps - these are the mechanisms that produce stomach acid. In moderate amounts, acid aids digestion, but excessive amounts can lead to acid reflux and associated heartburn and pain. As a proton pump inhibitor, Pantoprazole reduces the amount of acid these cells can produce.

If excess stomach acid is produced, or if the protective layer in your stomach and small intestine is damaged, a peptic ulcer can form. Taking Pantoprazole can give your body the time to heal.

To treat ulcers caused by infection, Pantoprazole is generally prescribed alongside antibiotics, to eradicate the bacteria.

How do I use Pantoprazole?

Pantoprazole tablets are available in two dosages- 20mg and 40mg.

Pantoprazole is also available in a powder solution.

The standard dosage for treating heartburn is one 20mg tablet a day, for a maximum of 4 weeks.

For other conditions, your doctor will advise you how many tablets to take, how often and for how long. This will depend on the condition being treated, and this advice will be detailed in the patient leaflet.

Pantoprazole tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water, one hour before a meal. Do not break, crush or chew them.

If symptoms don’t improve after two weeks, you should seek medical advice from your doctor.

What are the side effects of Pantoprazole?

Not everybody taking Pantoprazole will suffer from side effects, however, those most commonly reported include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • wind
  • abdominal pain
  • dry mouth
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • rash and itching

What precautions should I take?

You should always tell your doctor or pharmacist what other medicines you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. They will need this information to determine whether there is a risk of interactions.

Pantoprazole can enhance the anti-blood-clotting effects of Warfarin, so if you are taking this medicine you should consult your doctor.

This medicine should be used with caution by those who have:

  • osteoporosis or are at risk of developing it
  • vitamin B12 deficiency
  • decreased liver or kidney function

There is a slightly increased risk of infections in the stomach, such as Campylobacter or Salmonella, when taking this medicine.

This medicine is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age.

Breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women should not use Pantoprazole without first consulting their doctor, as it is not known whether this medicine can pass into breast milk.

Adults and the elderly can safely take Pantoprazole, provided they are not allergic to any of its ingredients.

How does HealthExpress' service work?

You can buy prescription medication from HealthExpress once you have completed an online consultation. You should detail your medical history, including any treatments you have previously taken/are taking. Our doctors will use this information to determine whether this medication is suitable for your use.

We offer free next-day delivery and nominated-day delivery, so you can choose when and where you want your order delivered.

Treatment Information
Treatment Information
Product Name: Pantoprazole
Active Ingredient(s): Pantoprazole
Manufacturer: Actavis Generics
Description: Pantoprazole is a medication prescribed for the relief of symptoms of acid reflux
Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
Administration: Oral
Presentation: Tablets
Available Dosage: 20/40 mg
Application: Adults suffering from acid reflux
Posology: Consult patient leaflet
Drug class: Proton-pump inhibitor
Alcohol consumption: Avoid alcohol consumption
When breastfeeding: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When pregnant: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
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