Pantoprazole is prescribed for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders like gastroesophageal diseases or GERD, peptic ulcers, acid reflux and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This proton-pump inhibitor reduces the amount of naturally occurring acid in the stomach. It helps by preventing oesophagus being damaged by the acids and treating peptic ulcers in the digestive system. It also helps in the treatment of stomach ulcers caused by the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori.
It is important that you stick to the dosage prescribed by the doctor to avoid any serious side effects. The medicine comes in the form of a capsule or a tablet but you can take it intravenously with the help of a doctor as well. When taking the tablet or capsule, make sure that you do not miss a dose. If you miss a dose, just skip it. Some of the side effects include joint pain, dizziness, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and headache.This may not require immediate medical attention. Some of the serious side effects include anxiety, irregular heartbeat, severe diarrhoea, seizures, muscle spasms, tremors and lupus or kidney damage. If you experience any of it, consult a doctor immediately.
Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Gastroenterologist before using this medicine.
The duration of the effect of the medication lasts for an average of 24 hours, hence you need to take just one dose in a day.
One can observe the onset of action within an hour of oral administration. However, the onset can take time if you consume the tablet after a meal. Consult your doctor to seek the best schedule of medication.
It is probably safe to use the medication by pregnant women but should be consumed only after discussing all the benefits and risks involved with the doctor.
No habit-forming tendencies have been reported with the use of this medication.
Breastfeeding women must consult the doctor and take this medication only if there are no other substitutes. The benefits of Pantoprazole should clearly outweigh the risks to make it eligible for consumption.
The results of combining the use of this medication with alcohol are unknown. Consult your doctor to know about the safety of consuming alcohol while on the medication.
There is no sufficient information regarding this but it is advised that you avoid driving if you experience excessive drowsiness or calmness.
People suffering from kidney related diseases should take extra precaution while taking this medication. Consult your doctor to seek more help to avoid any serious implications.
It is advised that you avoid the medication if you suffer from any liver related disease as the medication can aggravate the existing conditions. Ask for substitute medications from your doctor.
In case you miss a dose, it is advised that you skip the dose and not try to compensate it. A double dose can lead to overdose.
In case of an overdose, consult your doctor for immediate help to avoid any serious effects.
The medication can interact with diseases like osteoporosis, hypomagnesemia and liver diseases to cause serious side effects. If you have any such diseases, make sure that you discuss it with your doctor before starting the course of medication.