Pantosec, is it safe? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Pantosec ?

Pantosec is a branded film coated tablet which is mainly prescribed for the treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease and acid refluxes. This tablets are manufactured and marketed by Cipla limited. Medicine is available in market in the packaging of 10 tablets per strip.

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. What is the Dosage ?
  7. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  8. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  9. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  10. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  11. Is Pantosec available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  12. Frequently asked questions
  13. Reference
Pantosec - uses, side-effects, dosage

Pantosec – uses, side-effects, dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

The generic component of Pantosec is Pantoprazole . It is present in the strength of 40 mg in each tablet. Pantaprazole belongs to class of medicines called as ‘proton pump inhibitors’ .

How does it work ?

Pantoprazole works by inhibiting the action of proton pump and decreases the amount acid produce in the stomach. This action results in normalizing the acidity of stomach and maintaining the digestion.

What are it’s uses ?

Pantosec tablet is used in the prevention, control & treatment of the following diseases and conditions :
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Heart burn
  • GERD
  • Vomiting
  • Fullness of stomach
  • Ulcer in the small intestine
  • Esophageal mucosal injury
  • Gastrin-secreting tumor
  • Nausea
  • Belching and heavy bloating

How effective is this medicine ?

It is a very effective medicine in the management of all the conditions mentioned above. Patient must follow doctor’s instruction on the time of administering, dosage and duration of the use of this medicine.

What are the Side Effects ?

Commonly reported side effects of Pantosec are being listed below:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Blurred and cloudy vision
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia and increased bleeding time.
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Flatulence
  • Breast tenderness and pain in breasts
  • Decreased libido
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Gross bleeding/perforation
  • Cold and flu like symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Frequent urination
  • Drowsiness
  • Drug dependency
  • Skin rash
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Abnormal kidney function
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Oedema
  • Seizures

Consult your doctor if you develop any other medical conditions while using this medicine.


What is the Dosage ?

The dosage of this tablet varies with the patient’s age and the problem for which it is being administered. For example, the typical dosage for adults is 1 tablet , twice a day.

Please consult with doctor to know about the correct dosage for the speedy recovery of the patient.

 

Tablet - dosage

Tablet – dosage

What are the precautions I need to take ?

  • Take this medicine only if prescribed by the doctor
  • Take full course of treatment
  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine or any of their excipient
  • Do not take this medicinal product after the expiry date stated on the carton package
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicine

Before using Pantosec tablets , one should take precautions for all the below mentioned medical conditions:

  • Heart problems
  • Moderate to severe Liver disease
  • Fungal infections
  • In taking in antibiotic
  • Renal or hepatic impairments
  • High blood pressure
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Blockage if the intestines
  • Risk of cardiac arrhythmia
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Hematological abnormalities
  • History of heart failure
  • Alcohol dependent patients
  • mild cardiac impairment
  • Elders (Age 60+ years)
  • Pregnant women
  • Breast feeding women

This medicine may impair ability to drive or operate machinery, so avoid doing tasks which require your focused attention.

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

Yes, it is considerably safe to take this Pantosec tablet if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

This drug is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘B’ No risk in other studies: Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Consult your gynecologist before administering this drug. Please, do not self medicate.

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

There are not any well established study or proof that if pantoprazole passes through the breast milk and affects the quality of milk; or if it could be harmful for the nursing infant.

If your breast feeding or planning to start breast feeding, consult a doctor before using this medicine.

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

No, Pantosec tablets are contradicted to be given to children below 12 years of age.

This medicine is not intended to used for infants. This medicine can not only be harmful but also dangerous for them. Please consult your doctor to understand more about the use of this medicine.


Is Pantosec available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

No, Pantosec is not available as an over the counter or an OTC product. It is a prescription medicine, which is to be prescribed by a qualified doctor only. Please consult with the doctor regarding correct dosage, timing and duration of use of this medicine. Please do not self-medicate yourself with this medicine.

Frequently asked questions

Is Pantosec an antacid ?
No, It is not an antacid. Pantaprazole is a proton pump inhibitor and it reduces the production of acid in stomach. It doesn’t neutralizes the acids present in stomach.
On the other hand antacids doesn’t affect the production of acids but they do neutralize the acids present in stomach.
What to do if I overdose on Pantosec ?
Contact your doctor immediately.
Rush to a medical center if you feel any of these commonly noted symptoms of over dose: mild to severe muscle weakness, slow or irregular heartbeat, diarrhea, shallow breathing, dizziness, stomach pain, dry mouth, and vomiting.

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