Is Pantoprazole the Right Drug For You? 

Have you frequently experienced a lump in the throat and difficulty swallowing? Do you sometimes feel pain in the chest or abdomen? You could be having a condition called Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as Hyperacidity.  It is a condition in which the acid in the stomach repeatedly flows back into the esophagus. This backwash (acid reflux) irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest (heartburn), usually after eating, which might be worse at night or while lying down. 




Some symptoms of GERD include 

Regurgitation of food or sour liquid 

Chest pain or upper abdominal pain 

having difficulty swallowing 

the sensation of a lump in the throat 

If you experience any of these symptoms, consult the doctor for better understanding. The doctor may prescribe you medicines to prevent this. Pantoprazole is one of the drugs that, could be prescribed by the doctor. 

What is Pantoprazole? 

Pantoprazole is in a class of drugs called the proton-pump inhibitors. It reduces the amount of acid made in the stomach. Pantoprazole is used to treat damage from GERD, it helps to prevent further damage to the esophagus and helps it heal. It helps treat erosive esophagitis. Pantoprazole has proved to be beneficial in treating conditions like the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. In this syndrome, the stomach produces too much acid. Pantoprazole treats and prevents the return of ulcers caused by particular bacteria in adults. 

When is Pantoprazole prescribed? 

Pantoprazole is prescribed to treat stomach ulcers and excess acid issues in the stomach. It is beneficial in the erosion and ulceration of the esophagus. The doctor usually prescribes Pantoprazole to provide relief for the following conditions 

Heartburn symptoms 

Abdominal pain 

Excess stomach acid 

Erosive esophagitis 

Stomach ulcers 

Duodenal ulcer 

Gastric ulcer 

Peptic ulcers 

GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) 

How to take Pantoprazole? 

Pantoprazole should only be taken as prescribed by a doctor. 

The dosage varies for each patient. Age, medical condition, and symptoms are the deciding factors for the dosage. 

The usual dose is 40 milligrams (mg) once or twice a day for 4 to 8 weeks. 

The usual dose is 40 milligrams (mg) once or twice a day for 4 to 8 weeks. 

Pantoprazole comes as a delayed-release (releases the medication in the intestine to prevent break-down of the medication by stomach acids) tablet and as delayed-release granules to be taken orally, by mouth. 

The packets of delayed-release granules must be mixed with applesauce or apple juice and taken by mouth or given through a feeding tube and taken 30 minutes before the meal. 

The delayed-release tablets are usually taken with or without food, depending on the advice of the doctor. 

Swallow the medicine as a whole. Never crush or chew it. 

Do not alter the doses without consulting your doctor. 

Complete the entire course of medicine as suggested by the doctor. 

Missed a dose Take it when you remember, or skip it if it is time for the next dose. 

How is Pantoprazole available in the market? 

It is available in tablet and capsule form. It is also available as delayed-release tablets. 

Some common brand names for Pantoprazole are 

Aciban by Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

PAN by Alkem Laboratories Ltd. 

Panpure by Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd. 

Pansec by Cipla Limited, 

Pantazol by United Biotech Pvt. Ltd. 

Precautions to be exercised before taking Pantoprazole 

All drugs need to be taken with caution. The doctor needs to know your medical history before starting the therapy. You can also inform about your diet and the supplements or other drugs you consume. Pantoprazole should not be used if you are allergic to it. It is not recommended for use in children below five years of age. Inform your doctor if you have liver and bone problems. Pantoprazole may decrease the magnesium level in your body which could increase the risk of bone fracture, discuss this with the doctor.

Inform if you have low levels of magnesium. 

Inform if you have Lupus. 

Inform your doctor if you are pregnant. 

Also, inform if you are breastfeeding. 

Side effects of Pantoprazole 

Pantoprazole has a few side effects. Most of these do not require medical attention. Get help from your doctor if you experience some extreme reactions to the drug. 

Some allergic reactions may include hives and swelling of body parts, or you may experience difficulty breathing. In all these cases seek medical help. 

Some common side effects are 







Joint pain 

Some severe side effects of Pantoprazole may include

Blisters, peeling or bleeding skin 

Sores on the lips, nose, mouth, or genitals 

Swollen glands 

Difficulty breathing or swallowing 


Fever or flu-like symptoms 

Irregular, fast heartbeat 

Muscle spasms 

Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body 

Excessive tiredness 


Dizziness or seizures 

Severe diarrhea with watery stools 

Abdominal pain 

Increased or decreased urination, blood in the urine 

Although these side effects are not common, each individual reacts differently to the same drug. So, you may experience almost no side effects or can experience severe adverse effects. Seek immediate help from your doctor if you experience any unwanted severe reactions or side effects. 

How to know if Pantoprazole is the drug for you? 

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Indus Health Plus has genetic counsellors who help you decide your diet and further health check-ups based on the test results. Personalized medical solutions have never been so easy! MEDNAwise is an affordable, convenient, and easy-to-do test. You can take it at home and send the samples for testing. It is a do-it-yourself spit swab test and requires only a few minutes. The results help you make a plan that can help you lead a healthier life in the coming days. 

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