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PROTONIX
PANTOPRAZOLE DELAYED RELEASE - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

PANTOPRAZOLE DELAYED RELEASE - ORAL

(pan-TOE-pruh-zole)

Uses

This medication is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat various acid-related stomach and/or throat problems (e.g., GERD, ulcers, esophagitis, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily before a meal, as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not crush, chew, or split the medication. Swallow the medication whole. If you take sucralfate in addition to this medication, take your dose of pantoprazole at least 30 minutes before your sucralfate. Antacids may be taken along with this medication, if needed.

Side Effects

Diarrhea, gas, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these very unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes, vision problems, persistent stomach pain, black/bloody stools, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine. An allergic reactions to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heartburn combined with lightheadedness or sweating or dizziness, chest pain or shoulder/jaw pain especially with shortness of breath, pain spreading to arms or neck or shoulders, unexplained weight loss, liver problems, other stomach problems (e.g., tumors), any allergies (including drug allergies). This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially of: azole antifungal medications (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole), ampicillin, digoxin, sucralfate. This medication may affect the results of certain lab tests (e.g., false positive urine screen for THC). Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: loss of coordination.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.