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Pantoprazole Sodium 20mg Enteric Coated Tabs – Generic Protonix

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Pantoprazole is used for:

Short-term treatment (7 to 10 days) of patients with
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who have a history of irritation of the
esophagus. It may be used for conditions that cause your body
to make too much stomach acid (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It may also be
used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. It works by
decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Do NOT use Pantoprazole if:

  • you are allergic to any
    ingredient in Pantoprazole

  • you are taking dasatinib or an
    HIV protease inhibitor (eg, atazanavir)

Before using Pantoprazole :

Some medical conditions
may interact with Pantoprazole . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become
    pregnant,

    or are breast-feeding

  • if you are taking any
    prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary
    supplement

  • if you have allergies to
    medicines, foods,
    or other substances

  • if you have liver problems
    or stomach or bowel cancer

  • if you have low blood zinc levels

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pantoprazole . Tell your
health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of
the following:

  • Clarithromycin or voriconazole
    because they may increase the risk of Pantoprazole ‘s side effects

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or
    digoxin because the risk of their side effects may be increased by
    Pantoprazole

  • Ampicillins, azole antifungals (eg,
    ketoconazole), clopidogrel, dasatinib, HIV protease inhibitors (eg,
    atazanavir), or iron because their effectiveness may be decreased by
    Pantoprazole

How to use Pantoprazole :

Use Pantoprazole as directed by your doctor. Check the label
on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Pantoprazole is usually given as
    an injection at your doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be
    using Pantoprazole at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use
    it. Be sure you understand how to use Pantoprazole . Follow the procedures
    you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you
    have any questions.

  • Do not use Pantoprazole if it
    contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or
    damaged.

  • If you also take an imidazole
    antifungal
    (eg, ketoconazole), take it at least 2 hours before
    taking Pantoprazole .

  • Keep this product, as well as
    syringes and needles, out of the reach of children
    and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your
    health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all
    local rules for disposal.

  • Pantoprazole should only be used
    for a short time (7 to 10 days), until you are able to take medicine by
    mouth. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.

  • If you miss a dose of
    Pantoprazole , use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your
    next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
    Do not use 2 doses at once.

Important safety information:

  • Pantoprazole may cause drowsiness
    or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or
    certain medicines. Use Pantoprazole with caution. Do not drive or perform
    other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.

  • Contact your doctor if you have
    any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that
    looks like coffee grounds, or if you experience throat pain, chest pain,
    severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing.

  • Pantoprazole may interfere with
    certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking
    Pantoprazole .

  • Pantoprazole should be used with
    caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in
    these patients.

  • Pantoprazole should be used with
    extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and
    effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.

  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If
    you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the
    benefits and risks of using Pantoprazole while you are pregnant.
    Pantoprazole is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking
    Pantoprazole .

Possible side effects of Pantoprazole :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have
no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any
of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; headache; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE
side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty
breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or
tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; dark urine; fast or irregular
heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin;
unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vision changes; yellowing of
the skin or eyes.

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