How Pantoprazole Works and its Side Effects
Pantoprazole is used to treat stomach and esophagus problems. Pantoprazole belongs to the class of drugs which are known as Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPIs). This drug works by decreasing the amount of acid that your stomach makes. The symptoms of this medication includes heartburn, persistent cough and sometimes difficulty in swallowing. This medication helps to heal acid damage to esophagus and stomach, prevents ulcer and also may help to prevent cancer of esophagus.
What are the side effects of Pantoprazole?
The common side effect of using Pantoprazole is headache or diarrhea. If this side effect persist of worsen immediately consult your doctor or expert. Most of the time people using this medication does not seem to have any serious side effect.
Talk to your doctor as soon as you notice any of this side effects which include symptoms of magnesium blood level such as fast, slow or irregular heartbeat, persistent muscle spasms and seizures, signs of lupus like rash on nose and cheeks, new or worsening joint pain.
Proton Pump Inhibitors like Pantoprazole cause vitamin B-12 deficiency. Risk is increased only if this medication is taken every day and for long period. Consult your doctor as soon as u notice symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency which include weakness, sore tongue, tingling of hands and feet. Also, get medical help if you notice allergic reaction such as rash, itching, swelling and many more. If you notice anyone the side effects not listed above then contact your doctor.
Precaution while taking Pantoprazole:
Before taking this Pantoprazole talk to your doctor if are allergic to this medication. This product contains some inactive ingredients which cause allergic reactions and problems. Also, share with your doctor your medical history, especially if you have liver disease.
Pantoprazole may increase the risk for your bone fracture when use for longer period. Talk to your doctor to prevent bone loss or fracture by taking medication like calcium Citrate and Vitamin D supplements.
During pregnancy, it is strongly recommended using this medication only if needed. At same time Pantoprazole also passes into breast milk, so talk to your doctor before breast feeding.
If some patient has overdosed and has some serious symptoms like trouble in breathing than the poison control center right away. Never share this medication with others as this is prescribed for you by examining your medical history.
If you miss the dose then take it immediately as you remember. If the time for next dose is near then skip the missed dose and take the usual dose.
Store this medication at room temperature and away from light and moisture. Never store this in bathroom. Also, keep this away from children and pets. Never flush this medication in toilet or pour into drain. Discard this medication properly if it is expired or no longer needed.