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Common Brand Names: Protonix

Proper Use & Dosage Information

Medically reviewed by Jessica Swirble, PharmD
Last updated on 5/14/2024

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What is the typical starting dose for pantoprazole?

Pantoprazole is available in the following forms:

  • Delayed-release oral tables
  • Oral suspension granules (powder)

The typical starting dose of pantoprazole varies depending on the condition being treated, the severity of symptoms, and individual patient factors. It is crucial to follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding dosage and administration.

For short-term treatment of erosive esophagitis:

  • Adults: 40 mg daily for 8 weeks
  • Children: 20-40 mg daily for 8 weeks

For the maintenance of erosive esophagitis healing:

  • Adults: 40 mg once daily

For Zollinger-Ellison syndrome:

  • Adults: 40 mg twice a day

The dosage may be adjusted based on the response and tolerance to the medication. Your healthcare provider will determine the most appropriate dose based on your medical history, current medications, and response to the medication.

Pantoprazole should be taken exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment without consulting your provider.

If you have any questions about your dosage or need adjustments, contact your healthcare provider for guidance. If you want to talk to a provider right away, consider scheduling an online doctor appointment through a telehealth platform like Sesame.

What should I do if I miss a dose of pantoprazole?

If you miss a dose of pantoprazole, take it as soon as you remember unless it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to make up for a missed one.

Take pantoprazole around the same time every day to ensure effectiveness.

What should I do if I'm feeling better while taking pantoprazole?

Continue taking pantoprazole as prescribed by your healthcare provider, even if you start feeling better. Do not stop the medication abruptly without consulting your provider, as it may lead to a return of symptoms.

If you have any concerns or questions about your medication, discuss them with your healthcare provider for medical advice and recommendations.

How should I store pantoprazole?

Store pantoprazole according to the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Keep it at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Ensure the container is tightly closed and out of reach of children.

Do not use expired medication or medications that appear damaged or discolored. If you have any questions about storage, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for guidance.