Ventra

Ventra Dosage/Direction for Use

esomeprazole

Manufacturer:

Ethypharm

Distributor:

International Med
Full Prescribing Info
Dosage/Direction for Use
Always take this medicine exactly as the doctor or pharmacist has instructed. Check with the doctor or pharmacist if not sure.
Ventra is not recommended for children less than 12 years old.
If the patient is not taking this medicine for a long time, the doctor will want to monitor the patient (particularly if the patient is taking it for more than a year).
If the doctor has instructed to take this medicine as and when needed, tell the doctor if the symptoms change.
Taking this medicine: Capsules can be taken at any time of the day.
Capsules can be taken with food or on an empty stomach.
Swallow the capsules whole with a glass of water. Do not chew or crush the capsules or their contents. This is because the capsules contain coated granules which stop the medicine from being broken down by the acid in the stomach. It is important not to damage the granules.
What to do if the patient has trouble swallowing the capsules: If the patient has trouble swallowing the capsules: 1) Open the capsule carefully above a glass of still (non-fizzy) water and empty the content of the capsule (granules) into the glass. Do not use any other liquids.
2) Stir. Then drink the mixture straight away or within 30 minutes. Always stir the mixture just before drinking it.
3) To make sure that all of the medicine was taken, rinse the glass very well with half a glass of water and drink it. The solid pieces contain the medicine - do not chew or crush them.
If the patient cannot swallow at all, the content of the capsule can be mixed with some water and put into a syringe. It can then be given through a tube directly into the stomach ('gastric tube').
How much to take: The doctor will instruct how many capsules to take and how long to take them for. This will depend on the condition and how well the liver works.
The recommended doses are given as follows.
To treat heartburn caused by gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD): Adults and children aged 12 or above: If the doctor has found that the food pipe (gullet) has been slightly damaged, the recommended dose is one capsule of Ventra 40 mg once a day for 4 weeks. The doctor may tell the patient to take the same dose for a further 4 weeks if the gullet has not yet healed.
The recommended dose once the gullet has healed is one capsule of Ventra 20 mg once a day.
If the gullet has not been damaged, the recommended dose is one capsule Ventra 20 mg each day. Once the condition has been controlled, the doctor may tell the patient to take the medicine as and when needed, up to a maximum of one capsule of Ventra 20 mg each day.
If the patient has severe liver problems, the doctor may give a lower dose.
To treat ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection and to stop them coming back: Adults and children aged 12 or above: The recommended dose is one capsule of Ventra 20 mg twice a day for one week.
The doctor will also tell the patient to take antibiotics called amoxicillin and clarithromycin.
To treat stomach ulcers caused by NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs): Adults aged 18 and above: The recommended dose is one capsule of Ventra 20 mg once a day for 4 to 8 weeks.
To prevent stomach ulcers when taking NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs): Adults aged 18 and above: The recommended dose is one capsule of Ventra 20 mg once a day.
To treat too much acid in the stomach caused by a growth in the pancreas (Zollinger-Ellison syndrome): Adults aged 18 and above: The recommended dose is one capsule of Ventra 40 mg twice a day.
The doctor will adjust the dose depending on the patient's needs and will also decide how long to take the medicine for. The maximum dose is 80 mg twice a day.
Prolonged treatment after prevention of rebleeding of ulcers with intravenous esomeprazole: The recommended dose is one capsule of Ventra 40 mg once a day for 4 weeks.
Children under the age of 12 years: Ventra is not recommended for children less than 12 years old.
Elderly: Dose adjustment is not required in the elderly.
If the patient forgets to take Ventra: If the patient forgets to take a dose, take it as soon as remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose.
Do not take a double dose (two doses at the same time) to make up for a forgotten dose.
For any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask the doctor or pharmacist.
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