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Why is this medication prescribed?
Pantoprazole is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. It is used for short-term treatment of heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus) caused by backward flow of acid from the stomach. It decreases the amount of acid made in the stomach.
This medicine is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Pantoprazole comes as an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day, with or without food. Do not split, chew, or crush the tablets; swallow them whole. Pantoprazole is usually taken for 8 weeks, but your doctor may want you to take it for another 8 weeks if your esophagus has not healed. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take pantoprazole exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Symptoms of heartburn and injury to the esophagus should improve within 8 weeks of beginning pantoprazole. If your symptoms do not improve, or if they worsen, call your doctor. Once you and your doctor are sure the drug works for you, continue to take pantoprazole even if you feel well. Do not stop taking pantoprazole without talking to your doctor.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking pantoprazole,
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from pantoprazole are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Pantoprazole may cause hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). If you have any of the following symptoms of hyperglycemia, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Pantoprazole may interfere with some laboratory tests for cholesterol and kidney function. If you are scheduled for any laboratory tests, tell your doctor that you take pantoprazole.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check you response to pantoprazole.
Do not let anyone else take your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT