Pantoprazole injection is used as a short term treatment to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus [the tube between the throat and stomach]) in people who have had damage to their esophagus and who are unable to take pantoprazole by mouth. It is also used to treat conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (tumors in the pancreas and small intestine that caused increased production of stomach acid). Pantoprazole is in a class of medications called proton-pump inhibitors. It works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach.
Pantoprazole injection comes as a powder to be mixed with liquid and given intravenously (into a vein) by a doctor or nurse in a medical facility. For the treatment of GERD, pantoprazole injection is usually given once a day for 7 to 10 days. For the treatment of conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, pantoprazole injection is usually given every 8 to 12 hours.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Before receiving pantoprazole,
Your doctor may tell you to take zinc supplements during your treatment.
Pantoprazole injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects may be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately, or get emergency medical help:
Pantoprazole may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while receiving this medication.
People who receive proton pump inhibitors such as pantoprazole may be more likely to fracture their wrists, hips, or spine than people who do not receive one of these medications. People who receive proton pump inhibitors may also develop fundic gland polyps (a type of growth on the stomach lining). These risks are highest in people who receive high doses of one of these medications or receive them for one year or longer. Talk to your doctor about the risks of receiving pantoprazole.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online ( Web Site ) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain laboratory tests before and during your treatment, especially if you have severe diarrhea.
Before having any laboratory test, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are receiving pantoprazole.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
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Selected Revisions: June 15, 2019.