This article talks about the drug Pantoprazole commonly used in the treatment of ulcers, heartburn, and reflux.
Pantoprazole belongs to a group of drugs called proton-pump inhibitors (PPI), which prevent the secretion of stomach acid. They are used in the treatment of ulcers, heartburn, and reflux.
By blocking the enzyme that produces acid, the acid production in the stomach is lowered, thus allowing the ulcers in the stomach and esophagus to heal, thus providing relief from the symptoms.
Possible Side Effects
Allergy: Those allergic to Pantoprazole may develop symptoms such as rashes, swelling of the throat, face or lips and inability to breathe. This is a medical emergency and warrants immediate attention.
Other possible side effects include:
With long-term use, there can be low magnesium levels and vitamin B 12 deficiency.
It is normally available in the form of delayed-release tablets or granules.
How to Take?
Do not take if:
- you are allergic to PPI.
- you have a severe liver disease.
- you are pregnant, planning for a pregnancy, or breastfeeding.
- you have serious symptoms such as blood in stool, recurrent vomiting, etc.
- you have low magnesium levels.
- you are at risk of osteoporosis.
- you have lupus.
- you take drugs for HIV, certain antivirals, anticoagulants or Methotrexate.
Advantages of Pantoprazole over Other PPIs
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Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018 - 2 min read
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