Pantoprazole is a medication used in the treatment of conditions associated with an over production of stomach acid. The medication works to slow down the production of acid, thereby lowering levels. It is used to effectively treat intestinal problems, acid reflux and heartburn as well as swallowing difficulties and persistent coughs associated with such conditions.
The medication will cure the underlying problem and allow the esophagus and stomach an opportunity to heal. It is said to aid in the prevention of esophageal cancer.
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor or PPI.
Dosage and use
It is strongly recommended that the patient reads and understands the instructions that come with the medication or closely follow the doctors’ orders if the medication is prescribed. If there is any doubt, always consult a doctor.
Pantoprazole is taken orally and the normal dose is one tablet per day. In some cases a different dosage may be prescribed so ensure the patient reads the instructions.
The medication can be taken on an empty stomach and must swallow the pill whole or chew it
Pantoprazole can be safely taken with antacid medication but if taking it with Sucralfate, it is important that the two medications be taken at thirty minutes apart and the Pantropazole must be taken first. This is due to the fact that, if taken simultaneously, the body will have difficulty absorbing the Lansoprazole.
It is recommended that the medication be taken regularly for best results, preferably at the same time each day. The course must always be completed even if the symptoms are no longer present.
It is important to consult a doctor if symptoms still occur after completing a course of medication. The doctor will be able to advise on the correct duration to safely take the medication to prevent any side effects.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding warning:
There is no conclusive data proving that the use of Lansoprazole is safe to use while pregnant or breast feeding. It is therefore not recommended that the medication be taken under these circumstances. If there is no alternative, a pregnant woman can take the medication and a breastfeeding mother could stop breastfeeding while on the course.