Why do I need this medicine?
Pantoprazole is a gastric medicine.
It is used to treat conditions caused by excessive acidity in your stomach, such as ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (upper portion of the small intestine), reflux disease (also known as “heartburn”, in which food or acid from your stomach backs up into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste) and hypersecretory conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a condition in which a growth in the pancreas or duodenum or both secretes too much acid).
Pantoprazole can also be used to relieve stomach irritation and ulceration caused by certain painkillers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Pantoprazole treats these conditions by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Pantoprazole may also be used together with other medicines to treat a specific type of gastric problem caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Pantoprazole exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take Pantoprazole with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
However, if you are taking the controlled-release form of Pantoprazole, take it on an empty stomach 1 hour before meals. Swallow the tablet whole, do not divide, chew or crush it.
You may need to take Pantoprazole for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Continue to take it even when you feel better and do not stop taking it unless advised by your doctor to do so.