What is Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole is a medication used to treat acid reflux and other ailments caused by excessive stomach acid. Excess stomach acid can cause discomfort, feelings of food being stuck in the oesophagus and difficulties swallowing.
How does Pantoprazole work?
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that limits the amount acid produced in the stomach. This prevents excess stomach acid from travelling up the oesophagus and causing the symptoms associated with acid reflux.
How do you take Pantoprazole?
Do not chew or crush the tablets. Take one capsule daily at least one hour before a meal without chewing or breaking. Swallow whole with a glass of water.
It is always important to take this medication as it has been prescribed to you by your doctor or pharmacist.
How effective is Pantoprazole in treating acid reflux?
Pantoprazole is an effective way of treating acid reflux. In addition to taking medication for the relief of acid reflux symptoms, it is worth considering making some lifestyle changes. These include:
- Quitting smoking
- Losing weight
- Eating fewer spicy or fatty foods
What are the most common side effects of Pantoprazole?
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects. Not everybody will experience side effects. Side effects of Pantoprazole are typically mild to moderate and usually only last a short amount of time.
The most common side effects of Pantoprazole are:
- Stomach aches, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence
- Nausea or vomiting
For a list of additional side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.