Consumer medicine information


(pantoprazole sodium sesquihydrate) enteric-coated tablets

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about Pantoprazole generichealth.

It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

The information in this leaflet was last updated on the date listed on the final page. More recent information on the medicine may be available. You should ensure that you speak to your pharmacist or doctor to obtain the most up to date information on this medicine.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Pantoprazole generichealth against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What Pantoprazole generichealth is used for


Pantoprazole generichealth is used to treat and help heal duodenal and gastric ulcers.

Depending on the position of the ulcer it is called a gastric or duodenal ulcer. A gastric ulcer occurs in the stomach. A duodenal ulcer occurs in the duodenum which is the tube leading out of the stomach.

There can be caused in part by too much acid being made in the stomach.

Most people who have a peptic ulcer also have bacteria called Helicobacter pylori in their stomach. When Pantoprazole generichealth is taken with antibiotics the combination therapy will kill the Helicobacter pylori and let your ulcer heal.

Pantoprazole generichealth may also be used to prevent ulcers associated with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These are medicines used to relieve pain, swelling and other symptoms of inflammation, including arthritis (inflammation of the joints).

Reflux Disease

Pantoprazole generichealth is also used to treat reflux oesophagitis or reflux disease. This can be caused by “washing back” (reflux) of food and acid from the stomach into the food pipe, also known as the oesophagus.

Reflux can cause a burning sensation in the chest rising up to the throat, also known as heartburn.

Pantoprazole generichealth is also used to prevent reflux oesophagitis from coming back.

Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome

Pantoprazole generichealth is used to treat a rare condition called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, where the stomach produces very large amounts of acid, much more than in ulcers and reflux disease.

This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPls).

This medicine works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach makes, to give relief from the symptoms and allow healing to take place.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another purpose.

This medicine is not addictive. This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.

This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.

However, do not drive a car or operate machines if you experience side effects such as dizziness or blurred vision.

Pantoprazole generichealth should not be given to children under 5 years of age. There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine for children under the age of 5 years.

Before you take Pantoprazole generichealth

When you must not take it

Do not take Pantoprazole generichealth if you have an allergy to:

  • any medicine containing pantoprazole;
  • any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.

Some symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, itching, shortness of breath or swelling of the face, lips or tongue, which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing.

Do not take this medicine if you have severe liver disease or cirrhosis.

Do not take Pantoprazole generichealth in combination with antibiotics or any other medicine if:

  • you are allergic to any of the antibiotics or medicines your doctor may prescribe with Pantoprazole generichealth;
  • you have moderate to severe liver or kidney disease.

Do not take Pantoprazole generichealth in combination with atazanavir or nelfinavir (anti-viral medications).

Do not take Pantoprazole generichealth after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed or if the packaging is damaged or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged return it to your pharmacist for disposal.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.

Tell your doctor if you have or have had any other medical conditions.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, intend to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Your doctor can discuss the risks and benefits involved.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take Pantoprazole generichealth.

Tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • unintentional weight loss;
  • repeated vomiting;
  • vomiting blood;
  • difficulty or pain when swallowing;
  • you look pale and feel weak;
  • you notice blood in your stools.

Your doctor may need to perform some additional tests before you take Pantoprazole generichealth.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines and Pantoprazole generichealth may interfere with each other. These include:

  • warfarin, phenprocoumon – medicines used to prevent blood clots (anticoagulants);
  • atazanavir, nelfinavir – medicines used to treat viral infections such as HIV;
  • ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole – medicines used to treat fungal infection;
  • methotrexate – a medicine used to treat arthritis and some types of cancer;
  • erlotinib or related medicines used to treat cancer;
  • tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil – medicines used to suppress the immune system;
  • fluvoxamine – a medicine used to treat anxiety and depression

These medicines may be affected by Pantoprazole generichealth, or may affect how well it works. You may need to use different amounts of your medicine, or take different medicines.

Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or to avoid while taking Pantoprazole generichealth.

How to take Pantoprazole generichealth

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How much to take

The usual dose is 40 mg tablet per day.

However, if your doctor also prescribes antibiotics in combination with Pantoprazole generichealth for the treatment of duodenal ulcers, the dose of Pantoprazole generichealth is 80 mg tablets per day. The first 40 mg tablet should be taken in the morning and the second should be taken before the evening meal for 7 days.

Your doctor will prescribe the dose that is right for you.

In children over 5 years of age, the dose of pantoprazole for reflux oesophagitis or reflux disease is based on weight and may be 20 mg or 40 mg, depending on the condition being treated. Somac should not be taken for longer than 8 weeks.

The dose and frequency of Pantoprazole generichealth that your doctor prescribes for you depends on your medical condition. Your doctor may change the dose as your condition changes.

How to take it

Swallow your tablets whole with a little water with or without food.

Pantoprazole granules (available from other brands) may be used in children or adult patients unable to swallow tablets.

When to take it

Take Pantoprazole generichealth at about the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.

If you are taking other medicines, like antibiotics, in combination with Pantoprazole generichealth therapy, follow the instructions for the use of each medicine carefully.

Do not crush or chew the tablets. Pantoprazole generichealth tablets have a special coating to protect them from the acidic contents of your stomach. For Pantoprazole generichealth to work effectively, this coating must not be broken.

How long to take it

Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor or pharmacist tells you.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed. This may increase the chance of getting an unwanted side effect.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone Australia 13 11 26 or New Zealand 0800 764 766), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you or anyone else may have taken too much Pantoprazole generichealth. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. Urgent medical attention may be needed.

While you are taking Pantoprazole generichealth

Things you must do

If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Pantoprazole generichealth.

Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.

If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon that you are taking this medicine.

If you become pregnant while you are taking this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine. It may interfere with the results of some tests.

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments so that your progress can be checked. Your doctor may do some tests from time to time to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted side effects.

Things you must not do

Do not use this medicine to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you.

Things that may help your condition

Some self-help measures suggested below may help your condition. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you more information about these measures.

  • Alcohol:
    Your doctor may advise you to limit your alcohol intake.
  • Aspirin and many other medicines used to treat arthritis, period pain, headaches:
    These medicines may irritate the stomach and may make your condition worse. Your doctor or pharmacist may suggest other medicines you can take.
  • Caffeine:
    Your doctor may advise you to limit the number of drinks which contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cocoa and cola drinks, because they contain ingredients that may irritate your stomach.
  • Eating habits:
    Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Eat slowly and chew your food carefully. Try not to rush at meal times.
  • Smoking:
    Your doctor may advise you to stop smoking or at least cut down.
  • Weight:
    Your doctor may suggest losing some weight to help your condition.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Pantoprazole generichealth.

It helps most people peptic ulcers or reflux disease, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.

All medicines have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

  • headache;
  • dizziness;
  • diarrhoea;
  • nausea or vomiting;
  • stomach pain;
  • excessive gas in the stomach or bowel;
  • indigestion;
  • constipation;
  • dry mouth;
  • metallic taste;
  • weakness or tiredness;
  • increased sweating or body temperature;
  • blurred vision;
  • skin problems such as itchiness and rash;
  • trouble sleeping.

These are the more common side effects of Pantoprazole generichealth.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • unusual tiredness or weakness;
  • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, feeling generally unwell, fever, itching, yellowing of the skin and eyes, and dark coloured urine;
  • blood in the urine;
  • increased or decreased need to urinate;
  • skin problems such as itchiness, rash with swelling, blistering or peeling of the skin or rash when exposed to the sun, possibly with pain in the joints;
  • swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing;
  • frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers;
  • chest pain;
  • shortness of breath;
  • high blood pressure;
  • water retention, swelling;
  • bleeding or bruising more easily than normal;
  • depression, confusion or anxiety;
  • bone fracture of the hip, wrist or spine (mainly a risk in people who take high doses of PPIs or use them long term (a year or longer));
  • symptoms such as seizures, abnormal or fast heartbeat or jerking/shaking movements. These can be a sign of low magnesium, calcium or potassium levels in your blood.
  • severe and/or persistent diarrhoea, because this medicine has been associated with a small increase in infectious diarrhoea.

The above list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.

Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell. Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand anything in this list.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

After taking Pantoprazole generichealth


Keep your tablets in their blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they may not keep well.

Keep Pantoprazole generichealth tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.

Do not store Pantoprazole generichealth or any other medicines in a bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep Pantoprazole generichealth where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground, is a good place to store medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop taking Pantoprazole generichealth or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.

Product description

What it looks like

Pantoprazole generichealth is available as 20 mg and 40 mg tablets. The tablets have an acid-resistant coating called an enteric coating.

  • Pantoprazole generichealth 20 mg tablets are yellow to pale yellow, oval shaped, biconvex enteric-coated tablets plain on both sides.
  • Pantoprazole generichealth 40 mg tablets are yellow to pale yellow, oval shaped, biconvex enteric-coated tablets plain on both sides.

Pantoprazole generichealth tablets are available in blister packs 30 tablets.


Active ingredient

Each tablet contains 20 mg or 40 mg pantoprazole (as sodium sesquihydrate) as the active ingredient.

Other ingredients

  • mannitol;
  • sodium carbonate;
  • sodium starch glycollate;
  • crospovidone;
  • colloidal anhydrous silica;
  • calcium stearate;
  • hypromellose;
  • macrogol 6000;
  • sodium hydroxide;
  • Eudragit L30-D55;
  • Opadry AMB Aqueous Moisture Barrier Coating System 80W52172 Yellow.

Pantoprazole generichealth tablets do not contain gluten, lactose, sucrose, tartrazine or other azo dyes.

Australian Registration Numbers

Pantoprazole generichealth 20 mg: AUST R 191032.

Pantoprazole generichealth 40 mg: AUST R 191033.


Generic Health Pty Ltd
Suite 2, Level 2
19-23 Prospect Street
Box Hill, VIC, 3128

Telephone: +61 3 9809 7900

This leaflet was prepared in August 2020.

Published by MIMS November 2020