- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Erosive esophagitis
- Pathological hypersecretory diseases (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).
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How Does Pantoprazole Work?Pantoprazole is part of a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It works by decreasing the amount of acid in your stomach by blocking the acid production sites.
Pantoprazole reduces the amount of acid in your stomach, which helps heartburn and other GERD symptoms go away. A decrease in the amount of stomach acid will give the esophagus, the stomach, and the intestines time to heal.
When and How Do I Take It?Some general considerations for when and how to take pantoprazole include the following:
- The medication comes in tablets and in oral granule packets. It is usually taken once or twice a day.
- You can take the tablets with or without food. Pantoprazole granules should be taken 30 minutes before a meal.
- Do not split, chew, or crush pantoprazole tablets.
- Pantoprazole suspension comes as dry granules in individual packets. The contents of one packet should be sprinkled on a spoonful of applesauce or mixed with a teaspoon of apple juice. These mixtures should be taken immediately. If you take it in apple juice, rinse the glass with more apple juice and drink the rinse (to make sure you get the full dose).
- Do not mix the granules in anything other than applesauce or apple juice.
- Pantoprazole granules can also be given through a nasogastric feeding tube (ask your healthcare provider about the best way to do this).
- Take the medication at the same time(s) each day. This will help to maintain an even level of pantoprazole in your system.
- For the medicine to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.