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What is Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole is an anti-ulcer medication that helps reduce the amount of acid inside the stomach. This is specially made to treat conditions like acid reflux, heartburn, GERD or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, ulcers, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Pantoprazole is being sold in a tablet and liquid form. All Pantoprazole are prescription only medication. One can purchase the lower strength Pantoprazole tablet in 20 mg for acid reflux and heartburn at the pharmacy without a prescription.
How does Pantoprazole work?
Pantoprazole is an anti-ulcer medication. It is categorized as a PPI or proton pump inhibitor which blocks excess acid production inside the stomach. PPI drugs are used for treating ulcers, GERD, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and hyperacidity. Like other PPI drugs, Pantoprazole works by blocking the enzymes inside the stomach walls that create acid. By effectively blocking these enzymes, the acid production is greatly reduced and it enables the oesophagus as well as the stomach to heal itself.
Pantoprazole is a PPI medication and it works to shut off the cells that are producing acid in the stomach. It helps reduce the acid levels in the stomach and help prevent painful symptoms associated with certain ailments as GERD or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
What are the benefits of Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole is sold as an oral tablet, liquid suspension, and as an IV or intravenous drug that can be administered intravenously by a nurse or medical expert.
Pantoprazole as a medication is primarily used to minimize the levels of stomach acid in the body. It aids in treating the many painful symptoms of health conditions as ulcers, hyperacidity, GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and more.
How do I use Pantoprazole?
Patients can take Pantoprazole with or without food. Take the medication as prescribed by your nurse, medical doctor, or pharmacist. Be sure to take Pantoprazole the same time every day for best results.
Do not break, cut, chew, or crush the Pantoprazole tablet. Follow the exact dosage for the liquid suspension. Always ask a medical expert or physician to administer the IV suspension of Pantoprazole drug.
Pantoprazole oral tablet comes in strengths of 20-40 milligrams. For the effective treatment of stomach ulcers, GERD, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and hyper acidity, make sure you follow your doctor’s advice on the proper dosage to be used for your treatment. Do not use a minimal dose or use beyond what is prescribed. Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine.
For patients with duodenal ulcers, the recommended dosage for adults aged 18 years and older is 15 milligrams once every day for the next 4 weeks.
For patients with GERD or (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), the recommended dosage for adults aged 18 years old and above is 15 milligrams once every day for the next 8 weeks.
For patients who intend to use Pantoprazoletablet for long term maintenance of GERD or (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) or Duodenal ulcer, the recommended dosage for daily use is one 15 milligram of Pantoprazole tablet for 8 weeks.
For patients aged 18 years and older who want to treat gastric ulcer and severe esophagitis, the ideal dosage is 30 milligrams for the duration of four to eight weeks.
For patients aged 18 years and older who wanted to treat their Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, the recommended dosage is 60 milligrams a day. This dosage will be then eventually adjusted based on the medical response of the patient. There are some cases where patients with Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome are advised to take 180 milligrams of Pantoprazole tablet.
Patients who are unable to take oral Pantoprazole tablets may take the medication intravenously. The prescribed intravenous dosage of Pantoprazole is 30 milligrams to be taken for 7 days continuously.
If your medical condition does not improve after taking Pantoprazole, or where it becomes worse, talk to your nurse, medical doctor, or pharmacist and let them know about your condition. Never attempt to stop taking the medication without informing your doctor.
Side effects and precautions
Like any other PPI medications, Pantoprazole comes with its fair share of side effects. But, not all people are able to get them. If you are wary about the adverse of the drug, always check on the product information leaflet for a list of side effects.
Here are the most common side effects of Pantoprazole medication:
- Stomach pain
- Stomach pain
The reported side effects in children are quite similar to that of adults with the exception of fever. Many pediatric patients are able to catch fever on top of the side effects of Pantoprazole mentioned here.
Should these side effects occur, they are often mild and will surely go away in a few days or weeks. If they are rather severe and do not go away easily, make sure to contact your nurse, pharmacist, or physician regarding it.
There are some few cases of reported serious side effects of Pantoprazole. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately. Contact 911 if your symptoms appear to be fatal or life-threatening or where your condition requires immediate medical attention.
Here are the serious side effects of Pantoprazole:
- Muscle weakness
- Exhaustion or tiredness
- Abnormal heart rate
- Fast heart rate or palpitations
- Joint or muscle aches
- Spasm of your voice box
- Spasms of your hands and feet
- Water retention
- Low magnesium levels
Using Pantoprazole for more than three months can drastically reduce magnesium levels in the body. If you have used the medication for longer period and or you want to stop the medication altogether, consult your nurse, doctor, or pharmacist before doing so. Do not attempt to increase your dose or lower it without proper advice from a health care professional.
This medication can interact with other drugs, supplements, vitamins, or herbs patients might be taking. The interaction occurs when another medicine impacts the way a certain medication works in the body. This can hinder the way the drug works and can be very dangerous. Avoid these interactions by asking your doctor and let him know about all the medications, supplements, and herbs you are taking to ensure that Pantoprazole will work effectively for you.
Pantoprazole does not cause drowsiness. One can still drive, operate machinery, or perform tasks that require mental alertness and focus while on medication. However, there are some side effects that can be experienced. The side effects can differ from one person to another considering their age, medical condition, treatment taken, and more. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication.
How do I buy Pantoprazole online?
You can safely buy Pantoprazole online at UK Meds. You will need first to have an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Pantoprazole is the right medication for your medical condition.
Other types of acid reflux medicine are available. One similar medication is Lansoprazole. Both Pantoprazole and Lansoprazole are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which are used to treat GERD. Your doctor will describe the differences to you as he writes your prescription.