- Reduces the amount of stomach acid
- Used to treat Heartburn, Indigestion, Acid Reflux and Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
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What is Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole is a member of a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Other PPIs include Omeprazole and Lansoprazole.
It is available in various doses at Medicine Direct when you have a prescription, although you can purchase lower strength tablets of Pantoprazole over the counter, which are Pantoprazole 20 mg. If you order before 2pm, we can offer next day delivery.
This medicine comes available in quantities of 14 tablets, 28 tablets, 56 tablets or 112 tablets.
What is Pantoprazole used for?
Pantoprazole is generally used to treat heartburn, acid reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
You can also use this medicine to treat and prevent stomach ulcers.
Who can take Pantoprazole?
This medication may not be suitable for everyone. Pantoprazole can be taken by adults and children who are over 12 years of age.
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 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.
Possible 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
This list is not exhaustive; please refer to our Side Effects tab for a list of more serious reactions you may have to taking Pantoprazole.
If you have any concerns, you should always seek medical attention.
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
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.
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.
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