Pantoprazole belongs to a group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI). These medicines work by lowering the amount of acid produced in your stomach.
Proton pumps are tiny substances in the stomach lining which makes it easier for stomach acid to digest your food. Pantoprazole stops proton pumps from working correctly, which lowers the level of acid your stomach makes.
Is Pantoprazole an antacid?
While Pantoprazole is technically an antacid, it’s not used in the same way typical OTC antacids such as Gaviscon are. However, you can take pantoprazole with antacids like Gaviscon. You should take it 2 hours before or after your pantoprazole dose if you need to.
What are the active ingredients?
The active ingredient of this medicine is pantoprazole. Each tablet contains 20mg of pantoprazole (as sodium sesquihydrate)
What are common indigestion symptoms?
The most common symptoms of indigestion include:
- feeling sick (nausea)
- being sick (vomiting)
- heartburn (a painful burning feeling in the chest)
- feeling bloated and full
Some people may get a burning feeling in their chest. This may be heartburn or acid reflux which can be a symptom of indigestion. Pantoprazole can treat these symptoms by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Pantoprazole comes as 20mg or 40mg tablets. These are appropriate for the short term treatment of acid reflux and heartburn in adults.
Liquid pantoprazole can be prescribed for those who are unable to swallow the tablets. This will come with a spoon or syringe that can make it easier for you to take the correct amount. If you do not have a spoon or syringe, you should ask your pharmacist for one.
If you have acid reflux, you should take 1 pantoprazole 20mg tablet each day. You should take the tablet 1 hour before you eat without breaking or chewing them. Make sure you swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
How long does it take for Pantoprazole to work?
When you start taking pantoprazole, you should begin to feel better after 2 or 3 days. It may take up to 4 weeks for the tablets to work properly. You may still have symptoms during this time.
How effective is Pantoprazole?
A recent study showed that 98.4% of patients receiving pantoprazole for 4 weeks experienced significant relief of leading symptoms.
Pantoprazole and omeprazole are both comparable medicines in terms of effectiveness. This is because they are both PPIs that can be used to treat acid reflux and heartburn.
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