Pantoprazole belongs to the class of drugs known as PPIs or proton pump inhibitors, which are responsible for decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Pantoprazole is used to treat conditions such as stomach ulcers, heartburn, acid reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
Pantoprazole works by reducing the acidity level and the volume of acid produced inside the stomach. This drug is a PPI (proton pump inhibitor). PPIs block certain processes in the cell walls of the stomach. When blocked effectively, they are responsible for ensuring that the stomach produces less acid and thus result in controlling ulcers, acid reflux, or hyperacidity.
Pantoprazole helps reduce the amount of acid which is produced in the stomach and thereby preventing a host of symptoms associated with it – including acid reflux, heartburn, stomach ulcers etc.
Pantoprazole is available in different strengths ranging from 20mg to 40mg. The recommended dosage is different for different age groups and medical conditions. Always consult our team before taking the medicine.
The usual recommended dosage for adult patients aged 18 years and older are as follows:
For duodenal ulcers, patients should take 20mg Pantoprazole once a day for 4 weeks.
For GORD or (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease), patients should take 20mg Pantoprazole twice a day for 8 weeks.
For gastric ulcers or severe esophagitis, patients should take 40mg Pantoprazole once a day for 4-8 weeks.
You can take this medicine with or without food. Try and take it at the same time of the day, every day to ensure the best results. Do not break, crush, or chew the drug. Follow the exact dosage if you are taking it via liquid suspension. Have a medical expert administer and monitor the drug if taking through an IV suspension.
Patients with the following medical conditions should use this medicine with caution:
Severely reduced kidney function.
Severely reduced liver function.
Osteoporosis, or patients with a high risk of developing osteoporosis. (This medicine increases the risk of breaking bones).
Deficiency of Vitamin B12.
Do not use the medicine for:
Women who are breastfeeding
Children below the age of 12 years
People who are allergic to any of its ingredients
Common side effects of the medicine may include:
You must inform our team if you are using any of the medicines below as the medicine may reduce their effectiveness:
Blood thinners such as warfarin
Store it in a way that:
It is out of the reach and sight of children.
It is stored in a cool, dry environment that is away from direct heat and light.
You can safely purchase Pantoprazole online at MedsNow. Firstly, you will have an online consultation, once the prescriber ensures that Pantoprazole is the right medicine for you, your order will be supplied.
Is It Safe To Take Pantoprazole For A Long Time? It is safe to use these medicines regularly if needed but it would be essential to have regular medical reviews with our team.
Can Pantoprazole Cause Weight Gain? Pantorazole should not cause weight gain for the vast majority of patients.
Is Pantoprazole The Same As Zantac? No, they are two different medicines. Zantac contains the active ingredient ranitidine, which is a H2 receptor antagonist, this step of treatment is slightly less potent at reducing acid levels compared with pantoprazole or other PPIs.
Does Pantoprazole Work Immediately? No, it takes about two and a half hours for the medicine to start showing its effect. This medicine is designed to be used as a preventative or as a potent treatment during a flare of symptoms. For more rapid relief, you may find quicker relief with raft-forming alginates e.g., Peptac or Gaviscon.
Can You Take Pantoprazole While Pregnant Or Breastfeeding? This will need to be discussed on a case-by-case diagnosis. Please complete a consultation with our team to discuss in more detail.