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Pan - 20mg

Pan - 20mg (Protonix)

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    Pack SizePrice
Pan - 20mg $5.6300New
US Brand NameProtonix
Generic NamePantoprazole
Pharmaceutical FormTablet/s


Pan- 20 Mg

This drug has a generic name Pantoprazole, which is an acid reducer and anti-emetic drug that reduces the natural acid production in the stomach. It belongs to a family of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. This drug is marketed under various trade names including Protonix and Pan (made by Alkem).

Pantoprazole is primarily prescribed for erosive esophagitis which is caused by stomach acid that flows into esophagus and for similar conditions characterized by excessive amount of natural acid production in the stomach like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This drug will however, not provide you the instant relief from heartburn. It is also used for other conditions which are not listed here.

Important Information about Pantoprazole

You must not take Pantoprazole if you are allergic to it or any other benzimidazole drugs like albendazole, or mebendazole. It will not give you quick relief from heartburn if you have acid reflux. In order to make sure whether this drug is helpful, inform your doctor if you have severe liver diseases or magnesium deficiency. This medication is not recommended if you are already on the medicinal treatment of HIV or AIDS with drugs like atazanavir or nelfinavir. Let your doctor know that you are taking these medicines beforehand.

Initial symptoms of heartburn are often misunderstood as heart attack. Inform your doctor immediately and get the treatment if you are experiencing chest pain with pain advancing to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling. Certain conditions require long term treatment with this medicine. Extended use of this medicine in animal studies is known to cause stomach cancer in them but the same case has not been proven in humans. Consult your doctor about the risk of stomach cancer. Prolonged use of Pantoprazole medicine may lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency as this drug makes it difficult for the body to absorb vitamin B-12.  

It may cause you to fail on drug screening test by showing a false result. Remember to notify your laboratory professional about your drug usage while giving a urine sample for diagnosis.  Always store Pantoprazole in a cool and dry place.  

Before taking Pantoprazole

Before taking Pantoprazole, acid reducing drug take care of all the precautions mentioned above. Discuss all the conditions with your doctor and clear all the doubts pertaining to this drug. Taking Pantoprazole, a proton pump inhibitor drug may put you on the stake of bone fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine. The side effect has been observed in patients who are taking this medicine for a long time and in the form of high dose, and in those who are above than 50 years. It is not known whether the use of Pantoprazole medicine may cause the risk of bone fracture. Make sure to inform your doctor if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone mineral density).

It belongs to FDA category B drug, which means it is not expected that it can cause any harm to your unborn baby if taken during the pregnancy stage. Women should inform their doctor if they are pregnant and plan to become that before taking this medicine. Pantoprazole can pass into the breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine in the above mentioned cases. 

Dosage information

Take Pantoprazole acid reducer and anti emetic medication (Protonix, Pan) medicine exactly as your doctor prescribed. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advices you to do so. Also, do not consider this medicine in use after the prescription period is over. All medications comes with a patient leaflet, you should refer the medicine label to get more information about the drug.  You may take Pantoprazole with or without food. Swallow the tablet as a whole, do not break it, crush it or chew it.  

Note: Pantoprazole dosage depends on lots of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition, your doctor may fix the dosage by examining you properly.  Strictly follow the dosage instruction prescribed by your doctor.

What if you miss a dose

If you miss a dose of Pantoprazole, take the dose as soon as you remember. Be aware to skip the dose if the next dose time is almost up. Taking multiple dose can lead to excess medicine in your body which might cause harmful conditions.    

What if you overdose

In case of overdose, get emergency medical help or call your doctor immediately.

Things and activities to avoid

Pantoprazole may cause diarrhea, which may indicate a new sign of infection. Stop taking this medicine and seek medical care, if you may have a watery or bloody diarrhea. Your doctor may advice some restriction regarding food, beverages and other activities while being treated with this medicine.       

Side Effects

Some allergic reactions caused by Pantoprazole are skin hives, breathing difficulty, swelling in face, lips, tongue, or throat. Seek medical care in these conditions. Pantoprazole may lead to low magnesium which drives the problem like dizziness, confusion, feeling jittery, irregular and fast heart rate, jerking muscle movements, watery or bloody diarrhea, muscle cramps or weakness, limp feeling, cough or choking, or seizure. Stop taking Pantoprazole if you get those symptoms and contact your doctor immediately. Some less serious side effects are headache, rapid or irregular heartbeat, unexplained weight changes, upset stomach, gas, stomach pain, insomnia, nausea, vomiting or mild diarrhea. The side effects mentioned above are not only the ones, there may be some others.

Interaction with other drugs

There are many other drugs which may interact with it and stop the normal functioning. Inform your doctor if you may be using the following drugs like atazanavir, ampicillin, digoxin, iron medication, methotrexate, ketoconazole, a blood thinner like warfarin, or a diuretic. Share the complete medical history with your doctor and never start a new medication without his or her advice.


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