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What is Pantoprazole
Pantoprazole is used to treat common problems with the stomach and oesophagus, similar to acid reflux and heartburn. It works by reducing the amount of acid released by the abdomen. It also helps alleviate symptoms comparable to swallowing crisis, and chronic coughs.
How effective is Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole is an effective way of treating stomach and oesophagal problems like acid reflux. The active ingredient present in pantoprazole is pantoprazole itself which has been scientifically tested and proven to be highly effective in treating stomach and esophageal problems helping people to have a healthy stomach and esophagus if taken as directed.
Can I buy pantoprazole online?
Pantoprazole requires a prescription, so you are very welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product. It can be purchased in packs of 28 tablets and can be sent directly to you by Next Day Delivery.
What are the side effects of pantoprazole?
Remember that a doctor has prescribed this medication because they have judged that the health benefits outweigh the risk of side effects. Many people who use this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if any severe side effects occur, including symptoms of fast/irregular/slow heartbeat, low magnesium blood level, persistent muscle spasms, signs of lupus-like rash on the cheeks and nose, new and worsening joint pain or seizures.
This medicine may rarely cause severe intestinal conditions, i.e., Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea, due to the type of bacteria. Do not use anti-diarrhoea medications if any of the following symptoms present, as these products make them worse. If stomach pain, fever, blood/mucus in the stool occurs, then tell a doctor or pharmacist immediately.
What dose should I choose?
Most patients will take 40 mg of pantoprazole once per day. The recommended duration of the therapy usually is for 8 weeks. The correct dose to be taken for treatment will be recommended by a pharmacist or doctor.
How should I take Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole tablets can be taken both with food and without food. Swallow the whole tablets. Do not crush, split or chew granules. Doing so may reduce the effectiveness of the drug. If taking granules, take the dose 30 minutes before a meal.
If required, antacids may be taken along with pantoprazole. If the patient is also taking sucralfate, take pantoprazole at least 30 minutes before sucralfate. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help with remembering to take medicine, consume it at the same time each day. Continue to take this medication for the prescribed length of treatment, even if feeling better.
How does pantoprazole work?
Pantoprazole works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces. This medication relieves symptoms like difficulty in swallowing, persistent cough and heartburn. It helps in healing acid damage to the oesophagus and stomach, helps in preventing ulcers, and moreover, it may help in preventing the cancer of the oesophagus. Pantoprazole belongs to the class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
How long do I take Pantoprazole before I notice a difference?
If patients have not healed after 8 weeks or erosion to the oesophagus occurs with the oral formulation, treatment for another 8 weeks may be considered. Controlled studies using the oral formulation for maintenance did not extend beyond 12 months.
When shouldn’t I take Pantoprazole?
You should not take this medicine if you have a kidney problem, liver problem, systematic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, condition of weak bones, a broken bone, low amount of magnesium in the blood, or inadequate vitamin B12.
What is the difference between Pantoprazole and Omeprazole and Gaviscon?
Pantoprazole and omeprazole are used to treat similar conditions. However, pantoprazole is much stronger than omeprazole.
Gaviscon works by producing a floating “raft” of gel on top of the stomach acids. This layer helps prevent acid from escaping the stomach.
Alternatives to Pantoprazole
If Pantoprazole does not work for you or is unsuitable, you should opt for one of its various alternatives. You can find several direct alternatives for the treatment at local pharmacies. Consult your GP if you need clarification on what you should use. Alternatives include:
Can I get Pantoprazole over the counter?
No. You can not purchase Pantoprazole over the counter unless it is a specific version. For instance, you can buy lower-strength doses, such as 20 mg of Pantoprazole, over the counter. However, such low doses are known as Pantoloc Control. Try the Pantoloc Control for acid reflux or heartburn before trying a prescription-only version of the treatment.
Does Pantoprazole cause weight gain?
Although it is a rare occurrence, Pantoprazole is linked with weight gain. Most heartburn medications tend to lead to weight gain or general fluctuations in weight. However, if the weight gain is concerning or if it is causing you distress, you should stop using the treatment and consult your GP.
Lansoprazole vs Pantoprazole
Lansoprazole is a PPI which lowers stomach acid. Both of the treatments are equally as effective, more or so present the same side effects, and work similarly, too.
Can I drive and operate heavy machinery while on Pantoprazole?
If you experience any side effects that include vertigo, visual disturbances or even slight dizziness, you should avoid operating heavy machinery. You could harm yourself or others if you do so.
Do I need a prescription to purchase Pantoprazole Tablets?
Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Pantoprazole Tablets. After completing a short online questionnaire on our website, you will be provided with a prescription. This will allow you to purchase Pantoprazole Tablets.
Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Pantoprazole Tablets?
It is advised that pregnant and breastfeeding women do not use Pantoprazole Tablets. This is because this drug has the possibility of causing harm to babies.
Who should not use Pantoprazole Tablets?
Although Pantoprazole Tablets are generally safe to use, they are not suitable for everyone. You should not use Pantoprazole Tablets if you have any of the following:
- Liver problems
- Due for an endoscopy
- Allergic to any of the ingredients
How long does it take to notice an improvement in symptoms?
You should begin to notice an improvement in symptoms a few days after using Pantoprazole Tablets. If after 2 weeks you notice no improvement, you should stop using Pantoprazole Tablets and seek medical advice from a GP or pharmacist as soon as possible.
Can I combine Pantoprazole Tablets with other medication?
Although it is generally safe to combine drugs, there are a few which you should not combine with Pantoprazole Tablets. They include the following:
- Antifungal medicines
- Blood thinning medicines
- HIV medicines
Can I take painkillers while using Pantoprazole Tablets?
Yes, it is safe to take painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen while using Pantoprazole Tablets.
Like all medicines, after using Pantoprazole Tablets you are likely to experience a number of side effects. Common side effects include the following:
- Headaches: avoid drinking alcohol and drink lots of water to remain hydrated
- Diarrhoea: drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration
- Nausea and feeling sick: avoid eating rich spicy meals, stick to simple smaller meals
- Constipation: increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and fibre high foods
- Wind: avoid foods such as lentils, beans and onions