Apanta 40 Mg Injection 1
Pantoprazole is used to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is indicated for healing or prevention of the erosive esophagitis, gastric or duodenal ulcers, Helicobacter pylori infection, and gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Pantoprazole uses also include reducing the production of stomach acid, stopping the back flow of stomach acid, and relieving heartburn symptoms.
How does the drug work ?
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that stops the production of stomach acid by inhibiting the action of proton pumps. Proton pumps are the ion channels, found on the cells lining the stomach, produces stomach acid. Sometimes, the excess acid produced in the stomach can flow back into the esophagus causing pain and burning sensation (heartburn).
What are the common side effects ?The side effects of pantoprazole include excessive tiredness, high body temperature, headache, joint pain, dry mouth, dizziness, rashes or itching, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, and bloating.
Important Information for Safe Use:
• Apanta should be taken on the empty stomach 1 hour before the food or 2 hours after food. But taking the tablet before food is preferable.
• Patients who are allergic to Apanta or the drugs of the similar class should not take the Apanta.
• Long-term use of Apanta may affect the liver function; patients who had a history of liver disease should undergo regular monitoring to the reduce the risk of side effects of Apanta
• Apanta drug should be used with caution in the patients with reduced kidney function, osteoporosis, and vitamin B12 deficiency.
• Apanta medicine should not be administered with anti-HIV drugs, methotrexate, and anticoagulants (warfarin). The use of pantoprazole in pregnant and lactating women has not been evaluated.
• In children (5 years and older), short-term use of Apanta is recommended only in those who are diagnosed with gastro-esophageal reflux disease.
1. What should I do if I miss a dose? If you forget to take the medication at the usual time, you must take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, you must skip the missed dose.
2. Are there any storage precautions for pantoprazole? Store the medication at room temperature (25°C) and away from direct heat. Keep the drug out of reach of children.
3. What long-term effects I might experience with pantoprazole? Use of pantoprazole for more than one year may increase your risk of bone fractures and vitamin B12 deficiency.
4. Is pantoprazole an antacid? No, pantoprazole is not an antacid it is a proton pump inhibitor. Pantoprazole reduces the production of acid in stomach where as antacid neutralizes the acids present in stomach
5. Can I take any other medications along with pantoprazole? It is safe to take other medications if prescribed by your doctor. However, avoid taking ketoconazole and other anti-fungals, warfarin, atazanavir and erlotinib.