The Pantoprazole works by reducing the production of acid in the stomach , and is an inhibitor of the proton pump .
What is Pantoprazole used for?
Pantoprazole is used to reduce the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux , so as to allow the healing of the esophagus and prevent further damage . It is a drug used mainly in the treatment of conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome , as well as in the treatment of other conditions in which the stomach produces too many acids.
How is Pantoprazole taken?
Pantoprazole can be taken in the form of granules for suspension or delayed-release tablets orally . A nasograstric tube also allows the assumption of the suspensions. The tablets of Pantoprazole is usually taken 1 or 2 times per day . The granules can also be dissolved in apple juice or pulp and must be taken 30 minutes before meals, usually 1 or 2 times a day.
Side effects of Pantoprazole
If you plan on taking it in high doses or for periods of time longer than one year , taking proton pump inhibitors can increase your risk of hip, wrist or spine fractures. In addition, the stomach wall can be weakened by taking Pantoprazole for long periods, and blood levels of vitamin B12 can be reduced.
Other potential adverse effects of Pantoprazole include:
- joint pain
- He retched
A doctor should be contacted immediately in case of:
- irregular, fast or heavy heart beat
- difficulty breathing or difficulty swallowing
- blistering or skin exfoliation
- swelling of the eyes, face, lips, mouth, throat or tongue
- severe diarrhea with watery stools
- stomach ache
- light-headed feeling
- muscle spasms
- excessive tiredness
- uncontrollable tremors
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Pantoprazole
Before taking Pantoprazole it is good practice to notify the doctor:
- of any allergies to the drug, its active substances or dexlansoprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, Raberazolo or other drugs;
- of the other medicines, phytotherapy and supplements taken, remembering above all to mention antibiotics, anticoagulants, Atazanavir, Digoxin, diuretics, iron supplements, Ketoconazole, Methotrexate and Nelfinavir;
- if you have suffered or still suffer from low blood levels of magnesium or Helicobacter pylori infections in the past ;
- you are pregnant or breastfeeding .