Pantoprazoles is a proton pump inhibiting drug that reduces the production of gastric acid in the stomach.
Pantoprazoles is typically prescribed to treat erosive gastritis (damage to the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, caused by excessive stomach acid produced by the stomach acid producing bacteria, or GERD).
Although it is prescribed for GERD, it has also been shown to have some very positive side effects, such as lowering the risks for gallbladder attacks, gallstones and high cholesterol. For these reasons, there are certain types of medication called antacids that are used in place of or in addition to pantoprazole for treating GERD.
Pantoprazoles is an anti-inflammatory agent. In fact, it is very similar in action to aspirin, and it may even work better than aspirin. This means that it reduces inflammation, which in turn may reduce the risk for developing certain types of cancer, including colorectal, stomach and breast cancer. This effect has been shown in various clinical studies, although it is not clear whether it has a direct effect on the development of breast cancer.
Long term users of this drug have reported that stomach ulcers may be more likely, since the drugs interfere with the function of the LES. Other side effects have included loss of appetite, constipation, vomiting, and increased nausea. These side effects may be related to the fact that the drug increases bile production, but no research has established this conclusively.
In addition to the risks of stomach ulcers and the potential side effects noted above, the drug has also been known to cause diarrhea. While the cause of this side effect is unclear, it is thought that the reduced production of bile, along with the increase in acidity of the stomach, causes the intestine to become unable to absorb the nutrients that the body needs, resulting in a decrease in absorption of these nutrients, which can lead to diarrhea.
If you or a loved one suffer from any of the gastrointestinal problems mentioned above, it would be best to avoid using the drug if possible.
However, if the problem is severe, or if your doctor suggests this drug as a treatment option, talk to him or her about possible alternatives to avoid any possible complications.
Since stomach conditions caused by excess stomach acids can affect more than just one organ at a time, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor about other medications that could be used as a treatment option. Your doctor may decide that you need a stronger treatment option such as the use of an anti-emetic drug in place of pantoprazole to treat stomach problems caused by stomach acid.
The only way to be sure that this is the right drug for you is to take a complete picture of your medical history, including the medications that you are taking, the amounts taken and the time that you have taken them. The length of time that you will need to take the drug will depend on the severity of the condition that you are suffering from, as well as any underlying medical conditions.
Different types of drugs are designed to do different things. For example, the use of aspirin to reduce pain associated with a heart attack can work for people who suffer from high blood pressure, but it may not work as effectively for people with kidney disease.
If you do experience any of the problems associated with this drug, and you have more serious problems that cannot be treated with aspirin, you should talk to your doctor about other options. However, it is always a good idea to seek out treatment for your conditions as early in their development as possible.
Since stomach conditions can be caused by bacteria, it is important to find a way to avoid any health issues that could be causing them in the first place. If you take the right kind of antibiotic in place of pantoprazole, you can make sure that you are getting the best possible treatment available. Even if you are using a different type of antibiotic to treat your stomach infections, you may want to consider using this method to avoid future occurrences.
One of the most common drug interactions to avoid is the use of other antibiotics with pantoprazole. Because the medication works to kill off bacteria, if your medication is causing other problems, you may be putting yourself at greater risk.