Pantoprazole (generic Protonix)

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    Pantoprazole (generic Protonix) 

    Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) manufactured by Pfizer. A generic version of this prescription medication called Protonix is also available. It is a prescription medication available in a tablet, oral liquid suspension, and IV form to be administered by a healthcare provider.

    As a proton pump inhibitor, Pantoprazole can decrease the amount of acid the stomach produces. This has led to it being used to treat/lessen the effects of erosive esophagitis in children over the age of 5 and adults. Patients with erosive esophagitis often have an esophagus damaged by stomach acid due to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). In most cases, the medication will be prescribed for a period of up to 8 weeks. In most cases, the esophagus will have healed significantly.

    Side Effects of Pantoprazole

    Like most medications, Pantoprazole may cause side effects that can include the following:

    Common Side Effects

    If the above symptoms become persistent or begin to affect your day-to-day life, it is recommended that you contact your Primary Care Physician as soon as possible.  

    Serious Side Effects

    • Peeling or blistering skin

    • Rash, hives, itching, swelling of the eyes, face, lips, mouth, throat, or tongue

    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

    • Irregular heartbeat

    • Excessive fatigue

    • Seizures

    • Severe diarrhea

    • Blood in urine

    It is recommended that you contact your doctor immediately or go to your nearest emergency room if you experience any of the above symptoms. 

    These declarations come from the manufacturer of this medication and should not constitute medical advice. Please consult a doctor to see if this medication is right for you and how you should use it. Relief Seeker provides information about products and their manufacturers and does not offer any medical advice.