What is Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole belongs to a group of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPI), which are licensed for the treatment of acid reflux.
How does Pantoprazole work?
Pantoprazole works to control symptoms of acid reflux by reducing acid production in the stomach directly. It does this by blocking an enzyme called a ‘proton pump’, which is involved in the final step of stomach acid formation. Pantoprazole is taken once daily and is effective for up to 24 hours. If there is no improvement in symptoms after 14 days of taking this medication or symptoms are still present after 28 days of treatment, you should see your GP to discuss alternate options.
How should I take Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole tablets should be taken in the morning before food for best absorption. The tablets are enteric coated to ensure they do not break down in the stomach before the medication can produce its desired effect, for this reason Pantoprazole tablets should be swallowed whole with water and they should not be crushed or chewed.
What are the cautions related to taking Pantoprazole?
Although Pantoprazole is a commonly prescribed medication in the UK, it is still important to check if the medication is suitable for you. Pantoprazole should not be used by people suffering with certain conditions or those using certain medications. You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Pantoprazole before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.
Use of Pantoprazole and Antacids
In some patients antacids (Gaviscon, Rennie) may be used in combination with PPIs such as Pantoprazole to provide optimal symptom relief. When this combination is used there should be a gap of at least 2 hours between taking the two medications.
What are the side-effects of Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole like all medications can be associated with certain side effects although not all patients would experience these.
Certain side-effects to look out for, include:
- Abdominal pain & flatulence
- Sleep disturbances
- Dizziness – if this occurs patients should avoid skilled tasks such as driving and operating machinery
- Rash & itching
- Nausea and vomiting
For more information about the side effects associated with this medication please see the patient information leaflet (PIL) or contact PostMyMeds.
Where can I find more information on Acid Reflux and Pantoprazole?
Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for further information on Pantoprazole. You can find more information on Acid Reflux on the following page.