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What Condition Does Pantoprazole Treat and Its Price?

Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor used to lessen the amount of acid produced in the stomach. This is an FDA-approved prescription that comes as capsules of 20 mg and 40 mg for oral use.

What condition does Pantoprazole treat?

Pantoprazole is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcers. This medication lessens the amount of acid your stomach makes. This also relieves some symptoms like heartburn, persistent cough, and difficulty swallowing. Pantoprazole Sodium may as well help heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. 

How does Pantoprazole work?

Pantoprazole Sodium acts in the stomach to lessen the production of stomach acid. This prevents too much acid from flowing back into the pipe. Also, it might be used in relieving symptoms of heartburn along with acid reflux. By preventing an excess acid, permits the esophagus to heal in reflux esophagitis and allows peptic ulcers to heal.

Proton pumps are found on cells that line the stomach and are used by these cells to produce stomach acid. This drug inhibits the action of the proton pump which reduces the production of stomach acid. The creation of stomach acid is a normal part of the digestive process. Usually, the linings of the duodenum and stomach are secured by a layer that fights back from this acid. Nevertheless, if large amounts of stomach acid are formed and the layer is damaged, it can develop an ulcer on the lining of the stomach.

Pantoprazole Sodium usually takes up to 2 weeks for the symptoms to improve. You can tell that the drug is working if it lessens your symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A sensation of a lump in your throat

What is the dosage of Pantoprazole?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and other medications you are taking. For this reason, you must tell your doctor if you are taking prescriptions or non-prescription medicine, and other supplements. Any of these might affect how Pantoprazole works. Follow exactly the instructions of your doctor on how you will take this medication.

  • For the treatment and maintenance of GERD, this medicine is usually taken once a day.
  • For the treatment of peptic ulcers, this medicine is usually taken twice a day.

Take each dose at around the same time each day. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often or for a longer period than prescribed by your doctor. Continue to take Pantoprazole even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor. If your condition does not improve or gets worse, call your doctor. 

Risk Reduction and Precautions

  • Do not take Pantoprazole Sodium if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients.
  • This is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • While having this treatment, limit alcoholic beverages.
  • You should not share this or any of your drugs with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • This medicine may make you feel sleepy or dizzy. If affected, you should avoid potentially unsafe activities such as driving or using any machinery.
  • Stomach cancer can have similar symptoms to stomach ulcers and these symptoms can be relieved by this drug. Therefore, if assumed that you have a stomach ulcer your doctor must disregard the possibility of a stomach ulcer before you start taking this medicine. Otherwise, this drug could mask the symptoms of stomach cancer.
  • If you are taking a medication that is a proton pump inhibitor like this one for no longer than 3 months, it may cause the level of magnesium in your blood to fall.
  • If you have any liver problems, your liver function should be monitored regularly while having this treatment.
  • This medication should be used with caution in people with osteoporosis or who are at risk of osteoporosis. This should also be used with caution in people with vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Call for medical help if you have any signs of an overdose.
  • Keep this drug at room temperature.

Price of Pantoprazole: tPen vs. Brand Protonix

The generic name Pantoprazole is an inexpensive and effective medication that only costs:

  • $0.23 per unit of 20 mg
  • $7 for 30 pills of 20 mg
  • $0.37 per unit of 40 mg
  • $11 for 30 pills of 40 mg

The brand name Protonix cost a lot expensive than the generic. Its price is;

  • $1.98 per unit of 20 mg
  • $59.49 for 30 pills of 20 mg
  • $1.36 per unit of 40 mg
  • $40.85 for 30 pills of 40 mg