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Pantoprazole is a prescription-only-medicine used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, and other similar conditions. Acid reflux occurs when digestive acid escapes the stomach and enters the oesophagus. Heartburn is felt as a result of acid reflux, where the ejected stomach acid begins to irritate the soft tissues in the oesophagus. Pantoprazole works to inhibit the production of stomach acid, thus making it less likely that any will escape into the oesophagus. The tablets will reach their full effect within two and a half hours, and will provide relief for up to 24 hours. Pantoprazole tablets are smaller than other similar acid reflux treatments, so may be the preferable option if you have difficulty swallowing larger capsules.
The digestive acids contained within the stomach play an important role in the digestive process. As food enters the stomach, these acids will break it down, before it can continue its journey through the intestines. Normally, these acids are contained within the stomach by a group of muscles called the oesophageal sphincter. This sphincter is found at the top of the stomach and acts as a one-way barrier, allowing food to travel down into the stomach, but preventing acid and other substances from escaping upwards into the oesophagus. However, for a variety of reasons, this sphincter can weaken. As a result, small quantities of stomach acid can penetrate this barrier and enter the oesophagus. This is what is known as acid reflux. Heartburn is an associated symptom of acid reflux, where the acid in the oesophagus irritates the surrounding tissues. Heartburn, despite its name, does not involve the heart. The name derives merely from the fact that the pain is felt around the base of the chest cavity.
Acid reflux and heartburn are a fairly common complaint. Most of us will experience the occasional bout of it at some point during our lives. However, for some, the condition can present more frequently and more severely. This will likely be due to a gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, or ‘GORD’ for short. Pantoprazole is an effective treatment for GORD and other related conditions, such as stomach ulcers or an inflamed oesophagus. Pantoprazole’s mechanism-of-action involves suppressing the activity of proteins called proton pumps. Proton pumps are responsible for producing the stomach’s digestive acids. With their action inhibited, the amount of acid within the stomach is decreased, which helps to relieve the symptoms of acid reflux. Popular antacids such as Gaviscon can reduce the effectiveness of Pantoprazole, so they should not be taken within an hour of each other.
GORD is believed to affect around 20% of the population. Anyone can suffer from the condition, though men over the age of 40 tend to be the most susceptible. Heartburn aside, acid reflux can bring with it other unpleasant symptoms. For example, if the stomach acid reaches the mouth, it can leave a very unpleasant taste. These symptoms are likely to be exaggerated if the sufferer is lying down. For this reason, it is recommended to try to avoid lying down after eating meals and to consider sleeping on an incline.
Being overweight is the main cause of GORD. Having excess amounts of fat in the stomach can weaken the oesophageal sphincter and place the stomach under increased strain. This often results in the digestive acid forcing its way out through the oesophageal sphincter and into the oesophagus. Eating large meals that fill the stomach can have the same effect. Eating certain types of food, such as spicy, fatty, and acidic foods can also promote acid reflux. Eating smaller portions and avoiding these types of food can help minimise acid reflux symptoms. Drinking caffeinated or carbonated drinks can also lead to heartburn.
Recent studies have shown that both alcohol and nicotine can weaken the muscles of the oesophageal sphincter, There are also several medicines that can interfere with digestion or the oesophagus in a way that may increase your risk of developing GORD. It is recommended to speak to your GP about whether your medication might be causing your acid reflux.
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Ensure that you follow your prescription exactly – your recommended dose may vary depending on your condition and its severity. Swallow the tablet whole with a sip of water. It is important that you do not crush or chew the tablet.
Pantoprazole should be taken at least one hour before eating.
If, for any reason, you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is nearly time for your next tablet, skip the dose that you missed. Never double your dose to compensate for a dose that you have missed.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Pantoprazole, however, if you do they can include:
Digestion problems (including stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea, wind), headache, nausea
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Pantoprazole tablets are unsuitable for you if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, or are allergic to any other proton pump inhibiting medicines (including lansoprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole or rabeprazole).
Do not take Pantoprazole if you are also taking any HIV medicines that contain nelfinavir, or if you have severe liver problems.
Inform your doctor if you plan on taking Pantoprazole while taking any of the following medicines:
Pantoprazole may cause complications with other diseases. See your doctor immediately if you:
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredient contained in Pantoprazole tablets is:
Pantoprazole also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Sodium carbonate (anhydrous), mannitol, crospovidone (type B), hydroxypropylcellulose, calcium stearate, hypromellose, yellow iron oxide (E172), methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer (1:1) dispersion 30%, sodium laurilsulfate, polysorbate 80, triethyl citrate, shellac, red iron oxide (E172) black iron oxide and yellow iron oxide, propylene glycol, ammonia solution.
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