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Pantoprazole Sodium - Summary
Pantoprazole, marketed under the name Protonix, is a medication used in a variety of conditions related to acid reflux. People who need a pantoprazole sodium prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe pantoprazole sodium tablets when appropriate and safe to do so.
What Is Pantoprazole Used For?
Pantoprazole, similar to dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), esomeprazole (Nexium) and omeprazole, belongs to a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors. Pantoprazole is used in managing various conditions, including specific cases of gastroesophageal reflux disease, erosive esophagitis and hypersecretory conditions. The active ingredient in pantoprazole is benzimidazole which suppresses the production of gastric acid. Specifically, pantoprazole blocks the final step in gastric acid production at the level of the parietal cell, leading to an antisecretory effect that generally lasts longer than one day.
Pantoprazole - Dosage and Cost
After oral administration of pantoprazole 40 mg dose, the peak plasma concentration is often reached in under 3 hours and absorption is independent of whether antacids were taken concomitantly. Food can delay the absorption of pantoprazole, however. Pantoprazole is available as pantoprazole 20 mg and pantoprazole 40 mg (delayed-release form) tablets. Pantoprazole sodium itself is a crystalline powder that it is white to off-white in color and is soluble in water. Most of the pantoprazole in the body in excreted via the urine and dosage adjustments are generally not necessary in people with renal disease. Generic pantoprazole is a relatively inexpensive medication, costing under 30 cents per generic pantoprazole 40 mg tablet at many pharmacies in the United States. Pantoprazole coupons are sometimes available online from various sources or the manufacturer. Some insurance plans also cover the cost of pantoprazole 40 mg medication prescriptions.
Can I Buy Pantoprazole Online?
Pantoprazole requires a prescription before it can be dispensed by a pharmacy. As such, pantoprazole OTC (over the counter) is not available and one cannot just buy pantoprazole online. People interested in getting a pantoprazole prescription, however, can use Push Health to connect with licensed medical providers who can prescribe pantoprazole (40 mg) pills when safe and appropriate to do so.
Pantoprazole - Side Effects
Pantoprazole can cause side effects, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and abdominal pain. Pantoprazole can also increase the risk of arthralgias, fever, rash and upper respiratory infections. People who have a known hypersensitivity or allergy to pantoprazole, similar medications, or other ingredients in the formulation should not use the medication. Pantoprazole can interact with a number of medications and should used be care when taken with other medications. Bone fractures and hypomagnesemia are risks related to long-term use of pantoprazole. Pantoprazole and alcohol should not be used at the same time. Prior to using pantoprazole, it is important to discuss possible side effects with one's medical provider and pharmacist.
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Last updated December 12, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.