Pantoprazole (20mg & 40mg) Tablets
- Reduces the amount of stomach acid
- Used to treat Heartburn, Indigestion, Acid Reflux and Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
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What are Pantoprazole tablets?
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that is used to treat acid reflux and other acid related conditions. Proton pump inhibitors have been widely used to treat acid reflux since 1989.
Pantoprazole belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPI's). Proton pump inhibitors work by preventing proton pumps responsible for producing stomach acid, from working at their full capacity. As a result, the production of stomach acid is reduced, and symptoms related to acid reflux are relieved.
Pantoprazole tablets are available in various doses ranging from 20mg to 40mg. Pantoprazole 40mg tablets are typically the strongest dose available.
This medicine is available in quantities of 14 tablets, 28 tablets, 56 tablets or 112 tablets.
What are Pantoprazole tablets used for?
Pantoprazole is generally used to treat heartburn and acid reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
You can also use this medicine to treat and prevent stomach ulcers.
How does Pantoprazole work?
Stomach acid is a natural and valuable substance needed to ensure orderly digestion. However excessive stomach acid can cause pain and inflammation of the oesophagus causing several uncomfortable symptoms which is often referred to as Acid Reflux/heartburn/indigestion.
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPIs), which work by reducing the amount of acid the stomach creates. It does this by stopping the cells in the lining of the stomach from producing too much acid and in doing so, can help to alleviate some of the symptoms caused by excessive stomach acid.
Pantoprazole 20mg and 40mg tablets are both effective treatments to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and will typically get to work within just 1 hour.
|Stomach Ulcers||20mg to 40mg daily|
|Acid Reflux/Heartburn||20mg daily|
|Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome||initially 40mg to 80mg daily|
How to take Pantoprazole tablets
How you should take pantoprazole largely depends on your diagnosis. Typically, pantoprazole should be taken 30-60 minutes before meals. It is best to take pantoprazole in the morning before breakfast. The tablets should be swallowed as a whole, with water. Do not crush or chew the tablets.
Who can take Pantoprazole 20mg tablets?
This medication may not be suitable for everyone. Pantoprazole 20mg can be taken by adults and children who are over 12 years of age.
Certain doses of pantoprazole may not be suitable for every condition. For example, your doctor may choose to prescribe Pantoprazole 40mg instead of a lower dose if your condition is more severe and causes you pain. Likewise, if your condition does not require a stronger dose, Pantoprazole 20mg tablets may be prescribed if the symptoms you experience are only mild.
You should inform your doctor if you suffer from any of these conditions:
- You have liver problems
- You have had an allergic reaction to Pantoprazole or any other medicines in the past
- You are scheduled to have an endoscopy
If you are due an endoscopy, your doctor may tell you to stop taking the medication a few weeks before you have it.
Alcohol will not interfere with how Pantoprazole 20mg works, but it should be noted that alcohol does have the effect of producing more stomach acid, which can irritate the lining of your stomach and make your acid reflux symptoms worse.
Common side effects of Pantoprazole
Pantoprazole is generally considered to be a safe medication, and most people who use this medicine will not experience any side effects.
If you do experience an undesirable reaction to Pantoprazole, it will usually be mild and go away once you complete your course of the medication.
You should speak to your doctor if any of these common adverse effects bother you or do not go away:
- Wind or stomach pain
- Feeling sick or being sick
If you have any concerns, you should always seek medical attention. For more information on severe side effects please refer to our side effects tab, alternatively we recommend reading the patient information leaflet that is present inside of your box of medicine.
Can I buy Pantoprazole 20mg/40mg tablets online in the UK?
Yes, you can buy Pantoprazole 20mg and 40mg tablets online in the UK from most online pharmacies online. If you wish to buy Pantoprazole 20mg or 40mg tablets online, you will be required to complete an online consultation
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Pantoprazole 20mg and 40mg Indications and Dose
All of our doctors and pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Pantoprazole. Always take Pantoprazole exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Is pantoprazole available to buy over the counter?
This medicine is a prescription only drug, it is not available to buy over the counter (OTC).
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Pantoprazole Side Effects
As is the case with all medicines, taking Pantoprazole comes with a risk of suffering from various adverse effects.
The most common side effects can be found on the main product page.
In rare cases, you may suffer a more serious adverse reaction from taking this medication.
You should call 111 or contact your doctor straight away if any of these symptoms appear while you are taking Pantoprazole:
- You are urinating less or are finding it painful to urinate, you have lower back pain, swollen ankles, a rash or a fever. (These could be signs of a kidney problem)
- You have joint pain or a skin rash, particularly in places on your body that are exposed to the sun
- You have stomach pain that is getting worse and yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (These could be signs of a liver problem)
In equally rare cases, you may require urgent treatment in hospital due to suffering a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to the medicine.
You should call 999 or go to A&E immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Swelling of the mouth, lips, face, tongue or throat
- A skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistering or peeling
- You have tightness in the chest or throat
- You are wheezing
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or to speak
For the full list of undesired effects from taking this medication, please refer to the patient information leaflet that will accompany the medicine.
Pantoprazole Warnings and Drug Interactions
Pantoprazole is a very commonly prescribed drug to help treat a number of conditions, but it may interact with other medication you are currently taking; this may make you more susceptible to side effects.
In the case of Pantoprazole, you should inform your doctor if you are already taking any of the below medicines:
- The antibiotic rifampicin
- HIV medicines
- Blood thinners such as warfarin
- Any antifungal medicines
- Do not take St John's Wort, a herbal remedy used in cases of depression, while you are using Pantoprazole as this can stop it from working effectively.
Please note, before you start taking a new prescribed drug, you should always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are currently taking any other prescription or non-prescription medication. You should also inform them of any herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements you might be using at the time.
If you have any concerns or doubts at all, please do not hesitate to discuss them with your pharmacist or doctor before you start using this medicine.
For more information on Pantoprazole Drug Interactions
Always ensure you read the accompanying information leaflet before you start taking any form of medicine, whether it is on prescription or not.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Pantoprazole along with most Proton Pump Inhibitors are not teratogenic in humans, meaning that use of pantoprazole during pregnancy is unlikely to disturn the development of the embryo or fetus.
Pantoprazole is considered safe to use while breastfeeding as only a small amount of this medicine will go into the breast milk.
However, if your baby is born premature or with any health problems, you should check with your doctor before taking this medicine for stomach acid or any other ailments.
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Pantoprazole sodium sesquihydrate
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
Written by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2076091
Published on: 12/10/2020
Updated on: 12/05/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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