Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Pantoprazole
Last updated on June 27, 2019.
GENERIC NAME: Pantoprazole
CHINESE NAME: 阿普唑侖
COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Panrazol, Pantoloc, Tecta
What is Pantoprazole for?
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor which suppresses the production of stomach acid by stopping the proton pump from working. It is therefore used for a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders including the following:
- Helicobacter pylori eradication (in combination with antibiotics)
- Benign gastric ulcer
- Gastric ulcer
- Duodenal ulcer
- Prevention of NSAID-associated gastric ulcer / duodenal ulcer in patients with an increased risk of gastroduodenal complications who require continued NSAID treatment
- Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
How to use it?
The adult oral doses for different uses are listed below:
For helicobacter pylori eradication (in combination with antibiotics)
40 mg twice daily.
For benign gastric ulcer
40 mg daily for 8 weeks. In severe cases, doses can be increased up to 80 mg daily.
For duodenal ulcer
40 mg daily for 4 weeks. In severe cases, doses can be increased up to 80 mg daily.
For prevention of NSAID-associated gastric ulcer / duodenal cancer in patients with an increased risk of gastroduodenal complications who require continued NSAID treatment
20 mg daily.
For gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
20-80 mg every morning for 4 weeks. If complete healing is not achieved, you may take for 4 weeks more. The maintenance dose is 20 mg daily. If symptoms recur, the maintenance dose can be increased to 40 mg daily.
For Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
Start with 80 mg daily. The maximum dose is 80 mg and you doctor may adjust according to you response.
What are the side effects of Pantoprazole?
Common side effects of Pantoprazole include constipation, diarrhoea, dizziness and headache. Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors can lead to magnesium deficiency.
Where to buy Pantoprazole in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Pantoprazole is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
For detailed information about the use of Pantoprazole in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.