Q. What is Zenta used for?
Zenta is used for the treatment of peptic ulcer disease, reflux esophagitis or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Zenta prevents acidity associated with use of painkillers. It is also used to treat a disease associated with excessive acid production in the stomach known as Zollinger Ellison syndrome (ZES). It works by reducing the amount of acid made by your stomach and thus relieves your symptoms.
Q. How long does it take for Zenta to work?
You should start to feel better within 2 to 3 days. It may take up to 4 weeks for Zenta to work properly so you may still have some symptoms during this time.
Q. Is a single dose of Zenta sufficient?
No, a single dose may not be sufficient. However, with only a few doses of Zenta you may get relief with the symptoms. Zenta is usually needed only for a short term or upto 2 weeks for heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux. However, if need arises, such as for treating peptic ulcer disease and Zollinger Ellison syndrome (ZES), Zenta may be prescribed for a long term duration as well. Please consult your doctor if you do not feel better even after taking Zenta regularly for 2 weeks as prescribed.
Yes, Zenta is relatively safe. Most of the people who take Zenta do not get a side effect. It is advised to be taken as directed by the doctor for maximum benefits.
Q. Can I take Zenta for a long term?
Zenta is usually prescribed for short term use only. However, if need arises, such as for treating peptic ulcer disease, ZE syndrome etc, Zenta may be prescribed for a long term duration as well. Long term use may carry an increased risk for side effects and must be discussed with the doctor. Please use Zenta as advised by your doctor and under their supervision.
Q. What are the long term side effects of Zenta?
If Zenta is used for more than 3 months, certain long term side effects may be seen. The most important of these is low magnesium levels in your blood which may make you feel tired, confused, dizzy, shaky or dizzy. You may also have muscle twitches or irregular heartbeat. If the use is further prolonged for more than a year, you may have an increased risk of bone fractures, stomach infections and vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency can make you anemic, as a result of which you may feel more tired, weak, or pale. Additionally you may have palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, indigestion, loss of appetite, flatulence (gas) or nerve problems such as numbness, tingling and problem in walking.
Q. What is the best time to take Zenta?
Usually, Zenta is taken once a day, first thing in the morning. If you take Zenta twice a day, take 1 dose in the morning and 1 dose in the evening. The tablets should be swallowed whole (remember not be chewed or crushed) and taken at least 1 hour before a meal with some water.
Q. Can I stop taking Zenta if I feel better?
If you have been taking Zenta for a long time. Stopping it abruptly may lead to increased acid production, thereby worsening your symptoms. Therefore, you must discuss any dose changes or if you wish to come off Zenta.
Q. Does Zenta cause weight gain?
Although rare but long-term treatment with Zenta may cause weight gain. The reason could be the relief from reflux symptoms which could make you eat more. Consult your doctor for any weight-related concern.
Q. Can I take alcohol with Zenta?
No, alcohol intake is not advised with Zenta. Alcohol itself does not affect the working of Zenta, but it can increase the acid production. This may further cause worsening of your symptoms.
Q. Can I take antacids along with Zenta?
Yes, you can take antacids along with Zenta. Take it 2 hours before or after you take Zenta.
Q. What dietary changes should I make to get relief from acidity?
Zenta is best taken 1 hour before a meal. You should avoid spicy and fatty foods while taking this medicine. You must refrain from caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee and cola. Alcohol intake should also be avoided as it may worsen your symptoms.
Q. Are painkillers safe to take along with Zenta?
Yes, it is safe to take painkillers along with Zenta. Zenta prevents acidity and stomach ulcers associated with the intake of painkillers. Zenta is taken 1 hour before a meal. On the other hand, painkillers are usually taken with, or after a meal to avoid stomach upset.