Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Swallow the delayed-release tablet whole. Do not split, crush, or chew it. You may take the tablet with or without food.

For delayed-release oral suspension granules:

  • Applesauce method:
    • 1. Open packet.
    • 2. Mix the packet contents with 1 teaspoonful of applesauce. Do not mix with water, other liquids, or food.
    • 3. Swallow the mixture at least 30 minutes before a meal. Take it within 10 minutes after you mix it.
    • 4. Sip some water after you swallow the mixture. This will make sure all of the granules get all the way to your stomach.
    • 5. Do not chew or crush the granules. Do not divide the packet contents to make smaller doses.
  • Apple juice method:
    • 1. Open packet.
    • 2. Mix the packet contents with 1 teaspoon of apple juice in a small cup or container.
    • 3. Stir for 5 seconds (granules will not dissolve) and swallow it immediately or take it at least 30 minutes before a meal.
    • 4. Rinse the container with apple juice to make sure you get all of the medicine. Swallow it immediately.
    • 5. Do not chew or crush the granules. Do not divide the packet contents to make smaller doses.
  • Feeding tube:
    • 1. Pour the packet contents in a 2-ounce (60 mL) catheter-tip syringe.
    • 2. Clear any clogs from the feeding tube before you put this medicine mixture into the tube.
    • 3. Add 10 mL of apple juice into the syringe. Gently tap or shake the barrel of the syringe to help rinse the syringe and tube.
    • 4. Repeat with an additional 10 mL of apple juice. No granules should remain in the syringe.
    • 5. Take this medicine at least 30 minutes before a meal.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage forms (delayed-release tablets or suspension):
    • For erosive esophagitis:
      • Adults—40 milligrams (mg) once a day for up to 8 weeks. Your doctor may want you to take pantoprazole for more than 8 weeks for certain conditions.
      • Children 5 years of age and older and weighing 40 kilograms (kg) or more—40 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks.
      • Children 5 years of age and older and weighing 15 to 39 kg—20 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks.
      • Children younger than 5 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For Zollinger-Ellison syndrome:
      • Adults—At first, 40 milligrams (mg) two times a day. Your doctor may increase your dose if needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.