PROTONIX (Pantoprazole sodium)
PROTONIX (Pantoprazole sodium)
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Why is Protonix prescribed?
Protonix, with generic name Pantoprazole, is used to manage symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in adults and children 5 years old and above. GERD is a condition that is caused by the backflow of acid from the stomach to the esophagus causing damage along the lining of the esophagus. It is also prescribed in people diagnosed with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome in adults, which is a condition that causes excess production of acid.
What does it do?
Pantoprazole is classified under proton-pump inhibitors, which decreases the acid production in the stomach to prevent further damage and provide relief of symptoms of GERD such as heartburn, difficulty of swallowing, retching, vomiting, and acidic taste on the throat.
How should I take it?
Protonix is currently available as 20mg and 40mg delayed-release tablets taken whole (not split, chewed, or crushed) by mouth, without food.
The dosage strength and frequency depend on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only take this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The desired effects of prescribed medications will only be achieved if taken properly. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. However, if you miss a dose, take it immediately and adjust the time of your next dose depending on your doctor’s advice. Never take two doses at the same time just to make up for your missed dose.
What are the special precautions before taking Protonix?
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking. Discuss your current and previous medical history and any allergic reactions to Protonix or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Inform your doctor if you had any form of surgery or if you are planning to get one.
For the drug label information of Protonix, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
It is important to note that all drugs have corresponding side effects and adverse reactions. Additional information may be obtained when you ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Common side effects may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Joint pain
- Serious side effects may include:
- Hives, itching, or rash
- Blisters or peeling skin
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Bloody or darkening urine
- Rashes on the face upon light exposure
- New or worsening joint pain
Is it safe to take it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when taken with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Protonix with any of the following medications:
- Amphotericin B
- Carbonyl iron
- Ethacrynic acid
- Ferrous fumarate
- Ferrous gluconate
- Ferrous sulfate
- Iron polysaccharide
- Iron protein succinylate
- Multivitamin with iron
- Multivitamin with iron and fluoride
- Multivitamin, prenatal
- St. John’s wort
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Keep Protonix in its original packaging in a clean environment away from excessive heat and moisture. Keep out of reach of children.
What action should I take in case of overdose?
Immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
Pantoprazole is not recommended for use in pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant, and breastfeeding women. Hence, the potential risks and benefits of using Protonix in pregnant or breastfeeding infants should be carefully considered.
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