Drug Class: What is Protonix and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Protonix work?
Dosage: How should you take Protonix
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Protonix
Special information on Protonix
Protonix side effects
|Drug Class: What is Protonix and why is it prescribed?|
Generic Protonix blocks the production of stomach acid. Generic Protonix is prescribed to heal a condition called erosive esophagitis (a severe inflammation of the passage to the stomach) brought on by a persistent backflow of stomach acid (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Later, it may be prescribed to maintain healing and prevent a relapse. It is also used in the treatment of conditions marked by constant overproduction of stomach acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.
Generic Protonix is a member of the "proton pump inhibitor" class of acid blockers, which includes Aciphex, Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Protonix work?|
|Proton pump inhibitors are used for the treatment of conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome that are caused by stomach acid. Generic Protonix (pantoprazole), like other proton-pump inhibitors, blocks the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid. By blocking the enzyme, the production of acid is decreased, and this allows the stomach and esophagus to heal.|
|Dosage: How should you take Protonix|
Generic Protonix may be taken with or without food. Do not chew, crush, or split the delayed-release tablets. If you are taking antacids you may continue to do so.
If you miss a Generic Protonix dose
Overproduction of Stomach Acid
Generic Protonix Storage instructions
Generic Protonix Overdose
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Protonix|
If Generic Protonix is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic Protonix with the following:
|Special information on Protonix|
Most important fact about Generic Protonix
Generic Protonix is highly effective. In most patients, stomach acid secretion drops 85 to 95 percent after a single week of treatment.
Special precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
There is a possibility that Generic Protonix may appear in breast milk, causing serious side effects in the nursing infant. If you have to take Generic Protonix, you should not plan on breastfeeding.
Special warnings about Generic Protonix
Generic Protonix has been known to cause several extremely rare--but very serious--side effects, including severe allergic reaction, severe swelling of the face and throat, eye damage, dangerous skin reactions, and inflammation of the pancreas. Seek emergency care immediately if you begin to have difficulty breathing or swallowing, or begin to develop blisters, eruptions, or peeling skin.
If you have a liver condition, make sure the doctor is aware of it. A dosage adjustment may be needed for anyone with serious liver disease.
Generic Protonix has not been tested for safety or effectiveness in children.
Why Generic Protonix should not be prescribed?
|Protonix side effects|
Side effects of Generic Protonix cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Protonix.
More common side effects of Generic Protonix may include:
Less common side effects of Generic Protonix may include:
Rare side effects of Generic Protonix may include:
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