What is Protonix?


Protonix is the brand name of the medication pantoprazole. It is in a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. Protonix is used to decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is used in the treatment of erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid), and other conditions involving excess stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It does not provide immediate relief of heartburn symptoms but it does improve these symptoms when taken as directed over the full length of time.

Some patients require long term treatment with Protonix. Studies show Protonix to cause stomach caner in animal patients, however no cases have shown this in humans taking the medication long term. Proptonix may cause your body to have difficulties absorbing vitamin B-12, causing the body to become deficient, a B-12 supplement may be required.


Protonix Side Effects

Common, less serious, side effects include:

  • weight changes
  • nausea, vomiting, mild diarrhea
  • gas, stomach pain
  • dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling
  • joint pain
  • insomnia

Symptoms of low magnesium, stop the use of Protonix immediately and contact your prescribing Doctor immediately:

  • fast or uneven heart rate
  • jerking muscle movements
  • feeling jittery
  • watery, bloody diarrhea
  • muscle cramps, muscle weakness or limp feeling
  • cough or choking feeling
  • headache
  • trouble concentrating
  • memory problems
  • weakness
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling unsteady
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • seizure
  • shallow breathing

Seek emergency help if you have any symptoms of allergic reaction:

  • hives
  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Protonix Use

Protonix is a proton pump inhibitor, that is used to decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Protonix is used in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Erosive Esophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Helicobacter pylori Infection
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
  • Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis
  • Peptic Ulcer


Protonix Dosage and Directions

The average daily dosage and directions for Protonix is 40 mg once a day. The length of time Protonix is needed depends on the condition it is being used to treat and the severity of the symptoms. Protonix is designed to be swallowed whole, it is no recommended to crush, chew or split the pill. Patients unable to swallow the 40mg pill can receive a dosage adjustment, receiving two 20 mg pills. Taking Protonix with antacids or food does not slow down the abortion of the medication.