Pantoprazole CAS number 102625-70-7
USES: Pantoprazole works by blocking acid production in the stomach.
This medication is known as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It is used to
treat acid-related stomach and throat (esophagus) problems such as acid
reflux (GERD), erosive esophagitis, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Decreasing extra stomach acid can help relieve symptoms such as heartburn,
difficulty swallowing, persistent cough, and trouble sleeping. It can also
prevent serious acid damage to your digestive system (e.g., ulcers, cancer
of the esophagus).
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not
listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be
prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition
that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your
health care professional.
This medication may also be used to treat stomach or intestinal ulcers. In
addition, it may be used with antibiotics to treat certain types of ulcers
caused by bacteria.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily or as
directed by your doctor. Swallow the medication whole. Do not split, crush,
or chew the medication. Doing so may destroy the drug and prevent it from
treating your condition. If you are using the tablets, you may take them
with or without food. If you are using the granules, take them 30 minutes
before a meal.
Mix the granules into apple juice or applesauce. Do not use other liquids or
foods to mix this medication. Sprinkle the granules on 1 teaspoon of
applesauce and swallow all of the mixture immediately (within 10 minutes).
Or mix the granules into 1 teaspoon of apple juice, stir for 5 seconds, and
swallow all of the mixture immediately. Rinse the container once or twice
with apple juice to remove any remaining granules, and swallow the rinsing
juice immediately. Do not crush or chew the granules in either mixture. Do
not prepare a supply in advance.
The granules may also be given through a tube into the stomach (nasogastric
or gastric tube). If you are giving this medication through a tube, consult
your health care professional for detailed instructions on how to properly
mix and give it.
You may take an antacid with this medication, if needed.
The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and
response to treatment.
SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or
stomach/abdominal pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen,
tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she
has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side
effects occur: signs of increased blood sugar levels (e.g., increased
thirst, increased urination, confusion).
If you have been taking this drug for a long time (more than 3 years), tell
your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects
occur: signs of low levels of vitamin B12 (e.g., unusual weakness, sore
tongue, numbness or tingling of the hands/feet).
A serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate
medical attention you have any of the following symptoms of a serious
allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the
face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking pantoprazole, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (e.g.,
lansoprazole, omeprazole); or if you have any other allergies.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: severe liver disease, poorly controlled diabetes,
other stomach problems (e.g., tumors).
Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition. Tell your
doctor immediately if you have: heartburn combined with
lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest pain or shoulder/jaw pain
(especially with trouble breathing), pain spreading to arms/neck/shoulders,
unexplained weight loss.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If
it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your
usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store the product at room temperature between 68-77 degrees
F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between
59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted.