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Patients take Pantoprazole to have their oesophagus and intestinal problems treated. Acid reflux is one of the common ailments this medication treats. The stomach produces certain amounts of acid which this medication controls.

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UK Meds asked our favorite doctor, Dr. Christian Jessen, to explain Acid Reflux. Below is what he has to say.

Acid reflux, also known as indigestion, heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a very common condition which is characterised by a burning or gnawing pain, usually felt around the middle of the lower chest area. It's caused by acid escaping up into the esophagus from your stomach. Doctors would consider you to have acid reflux if you feel the symptoms of heartburn more than twice in a week.

While the lining of your stomach is adapted to protect it from the strong stomach acid, your esophagus is not. If the muscle which prevents acid leaking up from the stomach into your esophagus fails, the acid can irritate it causing pain, which is often felt just after having a meal.

There are a number of over the counter prescription medications which can help with the discomfort of acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid made in the stomach, such as Esomeprazole, Lansoprazole and Omeprazole, and you can find them here at UK Meds.

- Dr. Christian Jessen

The video and article above is for information purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose a condition or prescribe a medicine. If you have any specific concerns about your health, please consult your GP or use our online doctor's service. You can follow Dr. Christian Jessen online on his Twitter account.

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What is Pantoprazole?

Pantoprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. This medication relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. It helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. Pantoprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking pantoprazole and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Pantoprazole (Protonix) is an inexpensive drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammation of the esophagus, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic form. Generic pantoprazole is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.

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Pantoprazole is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which block the production of acid by the stomach. Other drugs in the same class include lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and rabeprazole (Aciphex). Proton pump inhibitors are used for the treatment of conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome that are caused by stomach acid.

Pantoprazole, like other proton-pump inhibitors, blocks the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid. By blocking the enzyme, the production of acid is decreased, and this allows the stomach and esophagus to heal.

PROTONIX is indicated in adults and pediatric patients five years of age and older for the short-term treatment (up to 8 weeks) in the healing and symptomatic relief of erosive esophagitis (EE). For those adult patients who have not healed after 8 weeks of treatment, an additional 8-week course of PROTONIX may be considered. Safety of treatment beyond 8 weeks in pediatric patients has not been established.

Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Pantoprazole is used to treat erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid), and other conditions involving excess stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Pantoprazole is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. It is used to treat erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid), and other conditions involving excess stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Patients take Pantoprazole to have their esophagus and intestinal problems treated. Acid reflux is one of the common ailments this medication treats. The stomach produces certain amounts of acid which this medication controls. In doing so, it relieves the patient from the discomforts of swallowing with difficulty, heartburn, acid reflux, and unrelenting cough. The medication is powerful enough to help cure damages caused by intestinal ulcers. Damages to the esophagus and stomach are treated by certain dosage of Pantoprazole. The medication is powerful enough to aid in the prevention of esophageal cancer. It is classified as a proton pump inhibitor.

How to take it

It is important that the patient reads the instructional pamphlet provided by the pharmacist before the first dose is taken. Patients should do the same when asking for a refill. If they wish to clarify certain issues about the medication and their condition, they should consult a doctor.

The medication is taken by oral means. The dosage is usually limited to one tablet per day. With regards to the dosage and period of the treatment, the ailment and the reactions of the patient to the medication is taken into consideration.

It is safe to take the medication on an empty stomach. Patients can take in the whole tablet with water or chew on it.  The important thing is to take it whole and not crush or split it in half. These actions may destroy the medications potency.

It is safe to take Pantoprazole with antacid medication. But if the patient is taking Sucralfate, it is important that the two medications be taken at thirty minutes interval with Pantropazole taken first.

Taking this medication regularly provides ultimate benefits for the patient. The best thing to do is to take it at the exact time on a daily basis. It is important for the patient to continue taking the medication until the treatment ends. He needs to complete the treatment even if he feels better before reaching the end of it.

In case symptoms still persist after the treatment, it is important that the patient let his doctor know about it. The longer the patient takes the medication, the greater the chances of side effects to manifest.  The doctor is in a position to tell the patient how much longer will the treatment be extended.

Regarding pregnant and nursing women

The only time that pregnant women can take the medication is when alternatives are not available and when the patient has more to gain. Breastfeeding women cannot take the drug. But if the nursing mother has to take it, she has to discontinue breastfeeding her child. The effects of the medication in a child are still unknown.

Common side effects:

  • headache
  • fever
  • Symptoms of a severe cold
  • pain in the joints
  • stomach pain
  • intestinal gas  nausea
  • vomiting
  • mild diarrhea
  • sneezing

Severe side effects of Pantoprazole

  • Hives
  • Signs of asthma
  • Bulging of throat
  • Bulging of tongue
  • Bulging of lips
  • Bulging of face
  • Extreme abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained loss of weight
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Convulsions
  • Problems of the kidney
  • Low magnesium levels