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Pantoprazole

Generic Name: Pantoprazole (pan-TOE-pra-zole)Brand Name: Protonix I.V.

Pantoprazole is used for:

Short-term treatment (7 to 10 days) of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who have a history of irritation of the esophagus. It may be used for conditions that cause your body to make too much stomach acid (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Do NOT use Pantoprazole if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Pantoprazole
  • you are taking dasatinib or an HIV protease inhibitor (eg, atazanavir)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Pantoprazole :

Some medical conditions may interact with Pantoprazole . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems or stomach or bowel cancer
  • if you have low blood zinc levels

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pantoprazole . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Clarithromycin or voriconazole because they may increase the risk of Pantoprazole 's side effects
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or digoxin because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Pantoprazole
  • Ampicillins, azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), clopidogrel, dasatinib, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir), or iron because their effectiveness may be decreased by Pantoprazole

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Pantoprazole may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Pantoprazole :

Use Pantoprazole as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Pantoprazole is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Pantoprazole at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Pantoprazole . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Pantoprazole if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • If you also take an imidazole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole), take it at least 2 hours before taking Pantoprazole .
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • Pantoprazole should only be used for a short time (7 to 10 days), until you are able to take medicine by mouth. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of Pantoprazole , use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pantoprazole .

Important safety information:

  • Pantoprazole may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Pantoprazole with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, or if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing.
  • Pantoprazole may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Pantoprazole .
  • Pantoprazole should be used with caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in these patients.
  • Pantoprazole should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Pantoprazole while you are pregnant. Pantoprazole is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Pantoprazole .

Possible side effects of Pantoprazole :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; headache; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; dark urine; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vision changes; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Pantoprazole :

Pantoprazole is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Pantoprazole at home, store it as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Pantoprazole , as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Pantoprazole , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Pantoprazole is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Pantoprazole . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Pantoprazole Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • pantoprazole Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Protonix Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Protonix Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
  • Protonix Consumer Overview

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