Pan 20 mg (Pantoprazole)
Pan 20 mg (pantoprazol 20 mg) is used for treating symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (heartburn, back flow of acid from stomach, difficulty in swallowing), inflammation of esophagus, excess acid secretion by stomach (Zollinger-Ellison syndrome), in prevention of intestinal or stomach ulcers in patients caused by prolonged pain killer use.
What is Pantoprazole?
Pan 20 mg is an acid reducer and anti-emetic drug that lowers the natural acid production in the stomach. It belongs to a family of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. Pan 20 mg is sold under various trade names, some of which are Protonix and Pan (made by Alkem).
Pantoprazol 20 mg dosage is advised primarily for erosive esophagitis caused by stomach acid which flows into esophagus and for similar conditions characterized by excessive amount of natural acid production in the stomach like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Pantoprazole will however, not give you quick relief from heartburn. This medication may also be used for conditions that are not described here.
How pantoprazol 20 mg works?
Pantoprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors. It acts by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
How should I take Pantoprazole?
Take Pantoprazole acid reducer and anti emetic medication (Protonix, Pan) strictly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions printed on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage in any way unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also do not take it for a longer than recommended period.
You may take pantoprazol 20 mg tablets with or without food. Swallow the entire tablet without crushing, breaking, or chewing it.
Before taking Pantoprazole
• Take care of all precautions and points mentioned above before taking Pantoprazole acid reducer and anti emetic medication (Protonix, Pan) and discuss them with your doctor and clarify any doubts you may have about it.
• Taking a proton pump inhibitor like pantoprazol 20 mg may put you on a risk of bone fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine. This side effect has been observed in people who have taken the medication for a long time or at high doses, and in those who are 50 years or age or more. It is not known properly if Pantoprazole is the actual reason behind the risk of bone fractures. Make sure to inform your doctor if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone mineral density).
• Pan 40 mg Tablet is an FDA pregnancy category B drug which means it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby if it is taken during pregnancy. Notify your doctor about your pregnancy or any plan to become pregnant in the near future. pantoprazol 20 mg can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Don?t take this medication without your doctor?s advice if you are breast feeding.
Side Effects of Pantoprazole
• Stomach pain
Q: Is pantoprazole safe?
A: Pantoprazole is relatively safe if taken in prescribed dose for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q: What is Pantocid 20/Pantocid 40/Pantosec/ Pantium used for?
A: Pantocid (20 or 40 mg)/Pantosec/Pantium are various brands of pantoprazole available and used for the same indications as pantoprazole.
Q: Can I take pantoprazol 20 mg with other medications?
A: It is safe to take other medications with pantoprazole if prescribed by your doctor. However, it should not be taken with ketoconazole and other anti-fungals, warfarin, atazanavir and erlotinib.
Q: Does pantoprazole cause weight gain, dizziness, constipation, bloating, or headache?
A: pantoprazol 20 mg may cause weight changes, dizziness, constipation, bloating, or headache. If you notice such symptoms, consult your doctor.