The information below should not be taken as a substitute for qualified medical advice. Consult your health care provider before taking Protonix.
Protonix is used to treat an overwhelming build-up of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat erosive esophagitis, commonly known as heartburn, caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition where the acid in the stomach slides back up into the esophagus.
There is not enough information for pediatric or geriatric use, but women who are pregnant may take this drug with some caution. Also, taking this drug for an extended period of time can result in the body's inability to absorb vitamin B-12 correctly.
The usual dose is one 40mg tablet once a day, to be taken at least 30 minutes prior to a meal. Protonix should not be discontinued abruptly unless instructed by a doctor. Missed doses should be taken as soon as possible. Some mild side effects are normal such as abdominal and stomach cramping. These usually only last a few days. More severe reactions can include dizziness, sweating and trouble breathing. Prolonged or unusual side effects should immediately be reported to a physician.
It is important to notify the doctor of all other medications, including supplements, to avoid interactions. In some cases, certain foods cause an interaction with Protonix.
||Tablet and suspension taken orally; IV injection
||20mg and 40mg Tablets; 40mg granules/packet suspension; 40mg IV
||Store tablets in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. IV and suspension should be refrigerated.
||May alter absorption of pH-dependent drugs; caution with other edetate disodium (EDTA)-containing products; women who are nursing.
What is Pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole is the generic form of Protonix and can be purchased as a cheaper alternative to save money on your medication. The same ingredients are used in the manufacturing of the brand name version of this drug as in Pantoprazole.
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