Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
HEALTH CANADA ADVISORY
April 4, 2013
Health Canada has issued new information concerning the use of pantoprazole (ratio). To read the full report, visit Health Canada's website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.
Previous advisories on pantoprazole (ratio) were issued on February 16, 2012 and on October 19, 2012.
To read the full Health Canada Advisory, visit Health Canada's web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.
Kidney disease: People with severe kidney disease should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Liver disease: People with severe liver disease should generally not take more than 20 mg of pantoprazole daily. People with severe liver disease should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Severe stomach problems: If you have recurrent vomiting, difficulty swallowing, blood in the stool, significant unintentional weight loss, fatigue (anemia), or are coughing up blood, check with your doctor right away.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking pantoprazole, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using pantoprazole has not been established for children.