Digestive Health

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Digestive Tract Ulcer Medication

Acid Secretion Inhibitors


Scheduling Status: S4

Proprietary name, Strength and Pharmaceutical Form
Peploc 20 mg tablets
Peploc 40 mg tablets

Read all of this patient information carefully before using PEPLOC 20 mg or 40 mg

  • Keep this information. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, please ask your doctor or your pharmacist
  • PEPLOC has been prescribed for you personally and you should not share your medicine with other people. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.


Each Peploc 20 mg tablet contains pantoprazole sodium sesquihydrate equivalent to 20 mg pantoprazole as the active ingredient.  Each Peploc 40 mg tablet contains pantoprazole sodium sesquihydrate equivalent to 40 mg pantoprazole as the active ingredient. Peploc tablets contain the following inactive ingredients: carmellose sodium, colloidal anhydrous silica, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, mannitol, methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer (1:1), sodium carbonate anhydrous, propylene glycol, sodium starch glycolate type A, triethyl citrate and the colourants yellow iron oxide (E172) and titanium dioxide (E171).


Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor used to treat certain conditions in which there is too much acid in the stomach.

PEPLOC 40 mg is used for:

  • The treatment of duodenal ulcers, gastric ulcers and heartburn.
  • Zollinger-EIIison Syndrome (a rare disorder that causes tumours in the pancreas and duodenum and ulcers in the stomach and duodenum)

PEPLOC 20 mg is used for:

  • The treatment of symptoms of heartburn, pain during swallowing and to heal mild gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) also known as acid reflux disease.
  • The long-term management and prevention of reoccurrence of GERD.


Do not take PEPLOC:

  • If you are hypersensitive (allergic) to pantoprazole or any of the other ingredients of PEPLOC 20 mg or 40 mg tablets.
  • If your liver function is impaired.
  • PEPLOC should not be given to children.

Take special care with PEPLOC:

Inform your doctor:

  • If you have impaired kidney function,
  • If you are taking atazanavir (a medicine used in the treatment of HIV)
  • if you are taking warfarin
  • Tell your doctor if you are currently being treated or have a history of any malignancies in the stomach area.
  • If you have a history of a Vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • PEPLOC may be associated with an increased risk of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea (CDAD) (you may develop diarrhoea that does not improve).  Contact your doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Taking PEPLOC tablets with food or drink:

Take PEPLOC tablets immediately before a meal, preferably in the morning.

PEPLOC tablets may be taken with food or on an empty stomach. PEPLOC tablets should be swallowed whole with a little water.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby while taking PEPLOC, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or other health care professional for advice before taking this medicine. Safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

Driving and using machinery:
PEPLOC tablets may cause blurred vision or dizziness. You should refrain from driving or using machinery until you know how PEPLOC affects you.

Using other medicines with PEPLOC tablets:

Always tell you healthcare professional if you are taking any other medicine.

(This includes complementary or traditional medicines.)

PEPLOC may reduce the absorption of certain medicines used to treat fungal infections, such as ketoconazole.


Always take PEPLOC exactly as your doctor has instructed you. You should check with your doctor if you are unsure. If you have the impression that the effect of PEPLOC is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not crush, break or chew the tablet.

It may take several days before PEPLOC begins to relieve your symptoms. To help relieve your symptoms, antacids may be taken with PEPLOC Tablets, unless your doctor has told you not to use them.

Take PEPLOC Tablets for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better.

The recommended dosage will be different for different patients.

Duodenal ulcer: One tablet of PEPLOC 40 MG once daily in the morning for        2 to 4 weeks. Your doctor may combine your treatment with antibiotics if the bacteria H. pylori infection is present.

Stomach ulcer: One tablet of PEPLOC 40 MG once daily in the morning for   4 to 8 weeks.

Reflux oesophagitis: One tablet of PEPLOC 40 MG once daily in the morning for 4 to 8 weeks.

Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome: You should start their treatment with a daily dose of 80 mg of PEPLOC. Your doctor can increase the dose above 80mg.

Mild gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD): One tablet of PEPLOC 20 in the morning for 4 weeks. Your doctor will decide if you should continue treatment for another 4 weeks.

Long-term management and prevention of relapse in GERD: A maintenance dose of one PEPLOC 20 tablet per day is recommended. Your doctor may increase the dose to 40 mg if your GERD symptoms worsen. After healing, you can continue with the 20 mg dosage regimen.

If you take more PEPLOC than you should:
In the event of overdosage, consult your doctor or pharmacist.  If neither is available, seek help at the nearest hospital or poison control centre. Take this leaflet and any remaining tablets with you, so that the doctor knows what the person has taken.

If you forget to take PEPLOC:
If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for you next dose, skip the missed dose and continue to take the tablet at the usual time. Do not take a double or larger dose to make up for the forgotten individual doses.


PEPLOC can have side effects.

Not all side effects reported for PEPLOC are included in this leaflet. Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward side effects while taking this medicine, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional for advice.

If the following side effects occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side- effects occur:

  • Stomach pain (severe)
  • Blistering, loosening, peeling or redness of skin
  • Yellow skin colour and/ or yellow eyes
  • Large hive-like swellings of eyelids, face, lips, mouth and/or tongue
  • Pain in joints or muscles
  • Blurred vision
  • Black tarry stools

You may experience other side-effects that usually do not need medical attention. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side-effects continue or are bothersome:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle rigidness or stiffness

If you notice any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.


  • Store at or below 25 °C. Store blister in the outer carton until required for use.
  • Do not use the tablets after the expiry date printed on the label or blister.
  • Return all unused medicine to your pharmacist
  • Do not dispose of unused medicine in drains and sewerage systems (e.g. toilets)


Peploc 20 mg and 40 mg are packed in aluminium-polyamide­ PVC/aluminium blister strips. 28 or 30 Tablets are packed in an outer carton.


Peploc 20 mg: Orangish, biconvex and oval gastro-resistant tablet.
Peploc 40 mg:  Orangish, biconvex and oval gastro-resistant tablet.


Peploc 20 mg: 42/11.4.3/0056
Peploc 40 mg: 42/11.4.3/0057


Pharma Dynamics (Pty) Ltd.
Grapevine House
Office Park


19 March 2010
Version: PD9047A

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