Pantoprazole SuspensionGeneric Name:
Pantoprazole (pan-TOE-pra-zole)Brand Name:
Pantoprazole Suspension is used for:
Treating irritation of the esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It may be used to treat 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 Suspension is a proton pump inhibitor. It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Do NOT use Pantoprazole Suspension if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Pantoprazole Suspension
- 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 Suspension:
Some medical conditions may interact with Pantoprazole Suspension. 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
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pantoprazole Suspension. 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 Suspension's side effects
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or digoxin because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Pantoprazole Suspension
- Ampicillins, azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), clopidogrel, dasatinib, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir), or iron because their effectiveness may be decreased by Pantoprazole Suspension
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Pantoprazole Suspension 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 Suspension:
Use Pantoprazole Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Pantoprazole Suspension by mouth on an empty stomach about 30 minutes before a meal.
- Do not crush or chew Pantoprazole Suspension.
- Only mix Pantoprazole Suspension with applesauce or apple juice. Do not mix with water or other liquids or foods.
- If you are mixing Pantoprazole Suspension with applesauce, sprinkle the contents of the packet onto 1 teaspoonful of applesauce. Swallow within 10 minutes after mixing.
- If you are mixing Pantoprazole Suspension with apple juice, empty the contents of the packet into a small cup containing 5 mL (1 teaspoonful) apple juice. Stir for 5 seconds and then swallow immediately. To be sure you receive all the medicine, rinse the container with apple juice and swallow immediately.
- You may take antacids while you are using Pantoprazole Suspension if you are directed to do so by your doctor.
- If you also take an imidazole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole), take it at least 2 hours before taking Pantoprazole Suspension.
- If you also take sucralfate, take Pantoprazole Suspension at least 30 minutes before taking sucralfate.
- Continue to take Pantoprazole Suspension even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Pantoprazole Suspension, take 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 take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pantoprazole Suspension.
Important safety information:
- Pantoprazole Suspension may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Pantoprazole Suspension 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 Suspension may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Pantoprazole Suspension.
- Pantoprazole Suspension should be used with caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in these patients.
- Pantoprazole Suspension 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 Suspension while you are pregnant. Pantoprazole Suspension is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Pantoprazole Suspension
Possible side effects of Pantoprazole Suspension:
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, hands, eyes, throat, 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 eyes or skin.
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 Suspension:
Store Pantoprazole Suspension between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Pantoprazole Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Pantoprazole Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Pantoprazole Suspension 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 Suspension. 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.
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