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
or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any
prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary
- if you have allergies to
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
- 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
- Ampicillins, azole antifungals (eg,
ketoconazole), clopidogrel, dasatinib, HIV protease inhibitors (eg,
atazanavir), or iron because their effectiveness may be decreased by
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
- 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 should be used with
caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in
- 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
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.