Protonix (generic name: Pantoprazole) is a drug prescribed for the treatment of the symptoms of duodenal and gastric ulcers. It is also directed for the treatment of erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus by stomach acid), and other conditions which involve high levels of stomach acid including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Protonix is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and works by reducing the levels of stomach acid, and helping to heal damage to the esophagus caused by stomach acid, as well a decreasing acid in the stomach, and reducing the symptoms from ulcers. Duodenal ulcers are located in the tube at the exit of the stomach, while gastric ulcers occur in the stomach. Protonix is sometimes prescribed in conjunction with antibiotics to clear ulcers. People with ulcers are sometimes found to have bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, and antibiotics with Protonix will also help to clear these bacteria which help ulcers to heal.
Protonix Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Protonix including rashes, itching, headache, upset stomach, insomnia, diarrhea and nervousness or anxiety. More serious side effects may include swelling of the face, throat and mouth, difficulty breathing and hives. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Protonix to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. Protonix comes in tablet form. You should swallow Protonix whole with a glass of water and can be taken with or without food. Protonix is not usually prescribed for more than 8 weeks. Protonix should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Protonix, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including liver or kidney disease and osteoporosis. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Protonix, including digoxin, ampicilin, iron, blood thinners such as warfarin, atazanavir, cyclosporine, clopidogrel and ketoconazole. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Protonix may cause harm to unborn and new born babies. Protonix and other proton pump inhibitors may increase the risk of bone fractures. It is therefore not recommended for patients with osteoporosis. Long term use of Protonix may make it difficult for your body to absorb vitamin B12, which may lead to a deficiency. Symptoms of B12 deficiency may include paleskin, feeling weak, fatigue and changes in heart rate.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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