What is Pantoprazole?
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:
- Symptoms of a severe cold
- pain in the joints
- stomach pain
- intestinal gas nausea
- mild diarrhea
Severe side effects of Pantoprazole
- Signs of asthma
- Bulging of throat
- Bulging of tongue
- Bulging of lips
- Bulging of face
- Extreme abdominal pain
- Unexplained loss of weight
- Watery diarrhea
- Bloody diarrhea
- Problems of the kidney
- Low magnesium levels
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