In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02267233 ||TECTA 40MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Pantoprazole magnesium belongs to the family of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Proton pump inhibitors are used to treat conditions where a reduction in stomach acid is needed, such as stomach ulcers, duodenal (intestinal) ulcers, reflux esophagitis (a severe form of heartburn), and symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; e.g., heartburn and acid regurgitation). Pantoprazole is also sometimes used along with antibiotics to treat duodenal ulcers that are caused by bacteria known as H. pylori.
Pantoprazole works to reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces by blocking the action of an enzyme (proton pump) that produces acid in the stomach.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose to treat reflux esophagitis is 40 mg once daily in the morning for 4 to 8 weeks.
To treat symptoms of GERD, including heartburn and acid regurgitation, the recommended dose is 40 mg once daily for up to 4 weeks. Contact your doctor if the symptoms have not improved after 4 weeks. Other, more serious, causes of heartburn and acid regurgitation may need to be ruled out.
To treat duodenal (intestinal) ulcers, the recommended adult dose is 40 mg once daily in the morning for 2 to 4 weeks.
The recommended dose of pantoprazole magnesium to treat gastric (stomach) ulcers, is 40 mg once daily in the morning for 4 to 8 weeks.
To treat duodenal (intestinal) ulcers caused by H. pylori in adults, the dose of pantoprazole magnesium is 40 mg twice daily taken with amoxicillin 1,000 mg twice daily and clarithromycin 500 mg twice daily, or pantoprazole magnesium 40 mg twice daily taken with metronidazole 500 mg twice daily and clarithromycin 500 mg twice daily. The usual duration of this treatment is 7 days.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Pantoprazole magnesium tablets must be swallowed whole. Do not chew or crush the tablets. Take this medication with a glass of water in the morning before, during, or after breakfast.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each yellow, round, biconvex, enteric-coated tablet marked "40" on one side contains pantoprazole 40 mg as pantoprazole magnesium. Nonmedicinal ingredients: anhydrous sodium carbonate, mannitol, crospovidone, povidone, calcium stearate,
hypromellose, titanium dioxide, ferric oxide, propylene glycol, and poly (ethylacrylate, methacrylic acid) and triethyl citrate.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take pantoprazole magnesium if you:
- are allergic to pantoprazole magnesium or any ingredients of the medication
- are also taking the medication atazanavir