What is pantoprazole

Pantoprazole works by inhibiting the proton pump and reducing stomach acid production.

Pantoprazole is used to treat erosive esophagitis, which is caused by GERD (damage to the esophagus caused by stomach acid) in adults and children over the age of 5. During the healing process of your esophagus, you may be prescribed pantoprazole for up to eight weeks. Additionally, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid are treated with pantoprazole.

What are the warnings before taking pantoprazole?

Pantoprazole is not used to treat heartburn symptoms right away.

Heartburn is frequently mistaken for the initial signs of a heart attack. If you experience chest pain or a heavy feeling, pain that spreads to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, or a general feeling of unwellness, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Additionally, taking pantoprazole for an extended period may make it more difficult for your body to absorb vitamin B-12, resulting in a deficiency of this vitamin. If you’re taking pantoprazole for a long time and have concerns about vitamin B-12 deficiency, talk to your doctor.

Pantoprazole can harm the kidneys. If you are urinating less frequently than usual or if you have blood in your urine, tell your doctor.

What are the precautions before taking this pantoprazole?

Heartburn can appear to be the first sign of a heart attack. If you experience anxiety or lightheadedness in addition to chest pain that radiates to your jaw or shoulder, you should seek immediate medical attention.

This medication should not be taken if:

Additionally, you take rilpivirine-containing medications like Edurant, Complera, Juluca, and Odefsey; if you had breathing issues, kidney issues, or a serious hypersensitive response in the wake of taking pantoprazole previously; or you are allergic to pantoprazole or medications like Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, or others like them.

How to use pantoprazole?

Take pantoprazole exactly as your doctor has instructed you to. Read all medication guides and instruction sheets and adhere to all instructions on your prescription label. Follow the directions on the medicine exactly.

Pantoprazole can be taken orally or infused into a vein via an injection. You might receive instructions on how to use the injection on your own from a healthcare professional.

Pantoprazole tablets are taken by mouth, regardless of food. Take the oral granules 30 minutes before eating.

The tablet should not be broken, chewed, or crushed. Consume it whole.

Mix the oral granules with apple juice or applesauce before administering them orally or through an NG tube.

Pantoprazole side effects

You experience any of the following symptoms, 

seek immediate medical attention: hives; trouble breathing; face, lips, tongue, or throat swelling

  • Immediately contact your doctor if you have:
  • severe stomach pain and bloody or watery diarrhea;
  • abrupt discomfort or difficulty moving your hip, wrist, or back;
  • swelling or bruising where pantoprazole was injected intravenously;
  • kidney issues – fever, rash, queasiness, loss of hunger, joint torment, peeing not exactly common, blood in your pee, weight gain;
  • low magnesium can cause dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, muscle tremors (shaking or jerking), jitteriness, muscle cramps, muscle spasms in the hands and feet, coughing or choking, and other symptoms. or new or worsening lupus symptoms, such as joint pain and a sun-exposed rash on your arms or cheeks.

How long does it take for pantoprazole to work?

Pantoprazole begins to work within two and a half hours (2.5 hours), which is how long it takes to stop the stomach from secreting acid, and it lasts for 24 hours. Pantoprazole will not treat current symptoms and does not provide fast-acting relief from indigestion, acid reflux, or dyspepsia symptoms like antacids like Tums or Maalox do. Because it can take up to four weeks for pantoprazole to work properly, you might still experience some symptoms.

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