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 are available in various doses ranging from 20mg to 40mg. Pantoprazole 40mg tablets are typically the strongest dose available.
This medicine comes 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.
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.
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 Pantopraole 20mg or 40mg tablets online, you will be required to complete an online consultation
View our guides on what foods to avoid and what foods can help with reflux symptoms and prevention.
Pantoprazole 20mg and 40mg Dosage
All of our doctors and pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Pantoprazole. Always take Pantoprazole exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Pantoprazole is available in two strengths, 20mg and 40mg. It is taken orally, either in the form of tablets or granules in some cases.
You should always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before taking any medication, and do not deviate from your doctor's instructions on how to take this medicine.
Most people will be instructed to take Pantoprazole once a day, first thing in the morning.
If you are instructed to take this medication twice a day, take one dose in the morning and one dose in the evening.
For the best effects, swallow the pill whole with a drink of water and have it one hour before a meal.
Store in conditions below 30C. Make sure it is out of reach of children. Do not use past expiry date.
Do not dispose of medicines through waste water.
How much Pantoprazole will I take?
Each tablet contains 20mg or 40mg of pantoprazole.
To treat the following conditions, the usual dose is as follows:
- Stomach ulcers: Pantoprazole 20mg to 40mg each day
- Heartburn and acid reflux: Pantoprazole 20mg each day
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome: Pantoprazole 40mg to 80mg a day (you may increase this to 160mg a day if a smaller dose is not sufficient)
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: Pantoprazole 20mg to 40mg each day
What if I forget to take it?
You should never double up a dose to make up for a missed dose.
If you are instructed to take this medicine once a day and forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless your next dose is due within the next 12 hours. If your next dose is due in the next 12 hours, skip the missed dose, take your next dose as usual and continue taking the medicine as normal.
If you are taking this medicine twice a day and forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is less than four hours before your next dose is due. If that is the case, skip the missed dose and continue taking Pantoprazole as usual.
What if I take too much?
Taking an extra dose is unlikely to harm you, but you should speak to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms after taking more Pantoprazole than you should have:
- You feel sweaty
- You have a fast heartbeat
- You feel sleepy
- You have blurred vision
- Your skin is flushed
- You feel confused or agitated
You can help to avoid the risk of overdosing or forgetting a dose by taking the medicine at the same time(s) every day. Some people find it beneficial to set an alarm as a reminder to have the medication.
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Pantoprazole Side Effects
Common side effects
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.
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 is not recommended for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. If you are
pregnant or think you may be, you must be sure to tell your doctor before you use Pantoprazole.
If you are pregnant, you will usually be prescribed an alternative proton pump inhibitor called Omeprazole, which is safer to use.
Your doctor may recommend that you make certain lifestyle changes to aid in stopping stomach acid travelling towards your throat, such as raising the head of your bed up to 20cm.
They may also suggest you eat less fatty or spicy foods to reduce acid reflux.
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.
Pantoprazole is the active ingredient used in this medicine.
The inactive ingredients used in the medicine are: sodium carbonate (anhydrous), mannitol, crospovidone, povidone K90, calcium stearate.
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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