Pantoprazole Tablets 20mg & 40mg
£12.49 – £19.99
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) can be treated with Pantoprazole, which works by reducing the amount of acid your stomach produces, preventing acid reflux, as well as helping to prevent and treat stomach ulcers.
Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat (acid reflux). If it keeps happening, it’s called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
Check if you have acid reflux
The main symptoms of acid reflux are:
heartburn – a burning sensation in the middle of your chest
an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth, caused by stomach acid
You may also have:
a cough or hiccups that keep coming back
a hoarse voice
bloating and feeling sick
Your symptoms will probably be worse after eating, when lying down and when bending over.
Causes of heartburn and acid reflux
Lots of people get heartburn from time to time. There’s often no obvious reason why.
Sometimes it’s caused or made worse by:
certain food and drink – such as coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and fatty or spicy foods
stress and anxiety
some medicines, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen)
a hiatus hernia – when part of your stomach moves up into your chest
How you can ease heartburn and acid reflux yourself
Simple lifestyle changes can help stop or reduce heartburn.
Eat smaller, more frequent meals
Raise one end of your bed 10-20cm by putting something under your bed or mattress – to make it so your chest and head are above the level of your waist, so stomach acid doesn’t travel upwards towards your throat
Try to lose weight if you’re overweight
Try find ways to relax
Have food or drink that triggers your symptoms
Eat within 3 or 4 hours before bed
Wear clothes that are tight around your waist
Drink too much alcohol
Stop taking any prescribed medicine without speaking to a doctor first
A pharmacist can help with heartburn and acid reflux
Speak to a pharmacist for advice if you keep getting heartburn.
They can recommend medicines called antacids that can help ease your symptoms.
It’s best to take these with food or soon after eating, as this is when you’re most likely to get heartburn. They may also work for longer if taken with food.
See a GP if:
Lifestyle changes and pharmacy medicines aren’t helping
You have heartburn most days for 3 weeks or more
You have other symptoms, like food getting stuck in your throat, frequently being sick or losing weight for no reason
Your GP can provide stronger treatments and help rule out any more serious possible causes of your symptoms.
What is Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole is used for heartburn, acid reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – GORD is when you keep getting acid reflux. It’s also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers.
This product is PPI (proton pump inhibitor) and works by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Is Pantoprazole suitable for you?
This product isn’t suitable for some people. To make sure that it is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
Had an allergic reaction to Pantoprazole or any other medicine in the past
A lactose intolerance (where your body can’t digest the sugar lactose). Some Pantoprazole capsules contain small amounts of lactose.
How and when to take This product ?
It’s usual to take This product once a day, first thing in the morning.
If you take This product twice a day, take 1 dose in the morning and 1 dose in the evening.
It’s best to take This product an hour before a meal. Swallow tablets whole with a drink of water.
How much will I take?
Each tablet contains 20mg or 40mg of Pantoprazole. You can buy Pantoprazole 20mg tablets from pharmacies. These are suitable for the short term treatment of heartburn and acid reflux in adults.
For more information on acid reflux, click here.
You may also be interested in Gaviscon Oral Suspension.
The usual dose to treat heartburn and acid reflux is 20mg a day and to treat gastro-oesophageal reflux disease is 20mg to 40mg a day
If your symptoms have improve – you can take it for another 2 weeks
If your symptoms haven’t improved – or they are worse, speak to a doctor before taking any more Pantoprazole
Do not take Pantoprazole for more than 4 weeks without speaking to your doctor first. If your symptoms haven’t improved, you may need some tests to find out what’s causing them.
Most people who take Pantoprazole do not have any side effects. If you do get a side effect, it is usually mild and will go away when you stop taking Pantoprazole.
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if these side effects bother you or don’t go away:
Feeling sick or being sick (nausea or vomiting)
Stomach pain or wind
Serious side effects
Serious side effects are rare and happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people.
Call a doctor straight away if you have:
Joint pain and a red skin rash, especially in parts of your body exposed to the sun, such as your arms, cheeks and nose. These can be signs of a rare condition called Subacute Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus that can happen weeks or even years after taking Pantoprazole.
Reddening, blisters and peeling of the skin. There may also be severe blisters and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals. These could be signs of a rare reaction to the medicine called Stevens-Johnson syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.
Stomach pain that gets worse, yellow skin (or the whites of your eyes turn yellow), dark pee. These can be signs of liver problems.
pain when you pee, peeing less, lower back pain, swollen ankles, and rash or fever. These could be signs of a kidney problem.
Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it’s possible to have a serious allergic reaction to pantoprazole.
These are not all the side effects of pantoprazole. For a full list see the manufacturers patient information leaflet.
For further information see the manufacturers
patient information leaflet.