Pantoprazole Overview, Dosage, How to Take, Side Effects and Pregnancy

What is Pantoprazole? Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Pantoprazole is used to treat erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid), and other conditions involving excess stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Pantoprazole is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.

What is the dosage for Pantoprazole?

  • For the treatment for GERD and healing erosive esophagitis the recommended dose for adults is 40 mg daily for 4-8 weeks
  • The dose for treating Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is 40 mg twice daily
  • It generally is recommended that tablets be taken approximately 30 minutes prior to meals for maximal effectiveness. Tablets should be swallowed whole and should not be crushed, split or chewed