The recommended starting dose of pantoprazole sodium ("pantoprazole") for people with pathological hypersecretory conditions is 40 mg twice a day. When people with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) take pantoprazole, dosing guidelines usually call for taking 40 mg once daily for eight weeks. The recommended pantoprazole dosage to prevent the return of erosive esophagitis is 40 mg once a day.
Pantoprazole Dosing: An Introduction
The dose of pantoprazole sodium ("pantoprazole") -- sold under the brand name Protonix® -- prescribed by your healthcare provider will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless specifically instructed by your healthcare provider to do so.
Pantoprazole Dosage for Erosive Esophagitis and GERD
The recommended pantoprazole dosage is 40 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks for people who are experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms and are healing from erosive esophagitis. If the symptoms of GERD do not improve, your doctor may recommend GERD treatment with pantoprazole for another 8 weeks.
Once the erosive esophagitis has healed, the recommended daily dose of pantoprazole is 40 mg once a day to prevent the return of the condition.
Pantoprazole is also approved to treat erosive esophagitis due to GERD in children age five years and older. The dosage is either 20 or 40 mg daily, depending on your child's weight. Children between 33 and 87 pounds should take 20 mg once daily, while heavier children should take 40 mg daily.