treatments available over the counter. Pantoloc Control provides effective relief both day and night with just one tablet per day, meaning that you can stop coping with your symptoms and start treating them. You may start to experience symptom relief after one day of treatment with Pantoloc Control, but it may take a few days to reach maximum symptom relief (Pantoloc Control is not intended to provide immediate relief, and once complete relief of symptoms has occurred treatment should be stopped). Pantaloc Control Works at the source of the problem preventing the production of excess stomach acid Longer lasting relief from heartburn than antacids Provides relief both day and night with just one tablet a day Gives long-lasting relief from the symptoms of heartburn for up to 24 hours Is conveniently available from your pharmacist 3-Step Pathway How many times a week do you experience heartburn? Occasionally - once a week or less - How often does heartburn affect your daily life? eg. Does it keep you awake at night or make you avoid certain food or activities? If rarely/never the recommendation is antacid. If Constantly/often refer to the advice for 'Twice a week or more' Twice a week or more - Do you have any of the following? Unintentional weight loss, Anaemia, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), Persistent vomiting or vomiting with blood, Previous gastric ulcer or gastrointestinal surgery, Continuous symptomatic treatment of indigestion or heartburn for 4 or more weeks, Jaundice, impaired liver function or liver disease, Serious disease affecting general well-being, Aged over 55 years with new or recently changed symptoms. If the response to the above is 'YES' Refer to a physician. If the response to the above is 'NO' the recommendation is Pantoloc Control. Essential Information: Pantoloc Control 20mg gastro-resistant tablets containing 20mg pantoprazole per tablet. For the short term treatment of reflux symptoms (eg. heartburn, acid regurgitation) in adults, for up to 28 days.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Pantoprazole exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Pantoprazole for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Continue to take it even when you feel better and do not stop taking it unless advised by your doctor to do so.
You may take Pantoprazole with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
However, if you are taking the controlled-release form of Pantoprazole, take it on an empty stomach 1 hour before meals. Swallow the tablet whole, do not chew or crush it.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Pantoprazole.
Alert your doctor if you have liver disease.
Let your doctor know if your gastric problem seems to be getting worse. Do not take Pantoprazole for a long period of time unless instructed by your doctor.
When should I not use this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to other gastric medicines such as omeprazole, lansoprazole or rabeprazole.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
It may be helpful to discuss your diet with your doctor or dietitian. A change in diet may help improve your symptoms. For example, spicy food tends to worsen reflux and should be avoided. Likewise, carbonated ("fizzy") drinks such as soft drinks should also be avoided.
You should also try to avoid lying down soon after eating as this will worsen the reflux symptoms.
Why do I need this medicine?
Pantoprazole is a gastric medicine.
It is used to treat conditions caused by excessive acidity in your stomach, such as stomach ulcers and reflux disease (reflux is also known as "heartburn", in which food or acid from your stomach backs up into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste).
Pantoprazole treats these conditions by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Pantoprazole may also be used together with other medicines to treat a specific type of gastric problem called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori gastritis.
What side effects could I experience?
Pantoprazole may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects with Pantoprazole may include headache, diarrhoea, nausea and wind in the stomach. These should get better or go away as your body adjusts to the medicine.
Let your doctor know if these side effects bother you or if they do not go away.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole or similar antifungal medicines
- tacrolimus (a transplant medicine)
- other medicines such as atazanavir and iron pills.
Do not take antacids together with Pantoprazole. If you must take antacids, take them at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after you have taken Pantoprazole. Antacids can reduce the effectiveness of Pantoprazole when taken together.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.