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Protonix (Pantoprazole)


Pantoprazole is a prescription medication with the brand name Protonix. It belongs to a class of medicines called proton-pump-inhibitors (PPIs). It is used in the treatment of some problems of the stomach an esophagus like acid reflux. Pantoprazole works by reducing the quantity of acid produced by your stomach. Pantoprazole drug helps in healing acid damage to the esophagus and stomach, it can also help in preventing ulcer and cancer of the esophagus. It is also a short term treatment for GERD-gastroesophageal reflux disease. This is a case where acid flow back from the stomach, this can result to injury or heartburn. In a situation where Zollinger-Ellison-syndrome occurs, pantoprazole can also be used for its treatment. Through blocking acid (proton) pump within gastric parietal cells Pantoprazole sodium suppresses gastric acid secretion. The Pantoprazole sodium dr (direct release) tablet shouldn’t be used if you have allergies for any benzimidazole medicine or pantoprazole. Pantoprazole sod isn’t for immediate heartburn relief.

If you use pantoprazole for a very long time it could make vitamin B-12 absorption very hard for your body, and can cause deficiency of B-12. In cancer studies long use of pantoprazole was revealed to cause cancer of the stomach, but no study have come out to say if the effect is the same in humans. There has been comparison between Pantoprazole vs omeprazole in the treatment of acute gastric ulcers. There wasn’t a significant difference after the research on Pantoprazole vs omeprazole. It is therefore advisable to tell your doctor before taking this drug. Pantoprazole is not recommended for use by children less than 5 years old, though it may be used ion children above 5 years for up to 8 weeks to damages from acid in the esophagus. Pantoprazole otc is also available in reputable pharmacies. Whether this drug is Pantoprazole sod dr is safe when used for more than 8 weeks in children is not known. There is the possibility of the level of magnesium to get low if an individual has used Pantoprazole for more than 3 months.
It isn’t expected that Pantoprazole will harm a developing fetus, however tell your health provider or doctor if you plan getting pregnant or already pregnant. Do not take Pantoprazole if you are breastfeeding as it can pass into breast milk can causes harm to the nursing child.

Pantoprazole side effects

If you experience allergies like swelling of the tongue, face or lips get immediate medical help.
Here are some common side effects of Pantoprazole they are:
Mild diarrhea
Headache
Gas
Constipation
Nausea
Sneezing, stuffy nose or sore throat
Joint pain
Fever
Vomiting
Some side effects are more serious than others, if you notice any of these serious pantoprazole side effects, stop taking the drug and contact your doctor immediately. Some serious Pantoprazole side effect includes:
Muscle spasms
Rash
Seizure
Confusion
Fast heartbeat
Jerking movement of the muscles
Vomiting, nausea
Choking
Jittery muscle cramps
Uncontrollable shaking of one part of the body
Difficulty swallowing or breathing
Excessive tiredness
Pantoprazole interactions
Pantoprazole interactions

There are some drugs that interact with Pantoprazole so endeavor to tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking this includes herbal supplements and vitamins. Some of these drugs are:
Methotrexate (Trexall)
Ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen, Amcill)
Diuretics (water pills)
HIV or AIDS medicine

Pantoprazole dosage

Pantoprazole is available as delayed released tablet, available in both Pantoprazole 20 mg and Pantoprazole40 mg and also as a granule for delayed released oral suspension in 40 mg. The IV-intravenous solution for use in the hospital is also available. Normally your health provider will prescribe pantoprazole 40 mg or pantoprazole sodium 40 mg for about 4 to 8 weeks of treatment. The drug should be taken about the same time every day.

Delayed Release Pantoprazole

Pantoprazole in tablet form in a bid to avoid it breakdown by acids in the stomach is released in the intestine.
Delayed release granules for suspension apple juice or applesauce should be used in mixing packets of delayed released granules for oral suspension.
In a situation where an overdose of Pantoprazole occurs seek immediate medical help, though an overdose won’t necessarily cause life threatening symptoms. If you happen to miss a dose of Pantoprazole take the missed dose immediately you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time to take your next scheduled dose.