Protonix Pantoprazole Sodium and/or alternatives
Protonix belongs to a category of drugs referred as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs. The generic name of this drug is Pantoprazole. It is meant for oral administration only. You can buy Protonix online in form of oral delayed-release tablets (Protonix 20 mg and 40 mg) and oral delayed-release suspension (Protonix 40 mg).
Indications & Dosage of Protonix
Protonix is indicated for the treatment of erosive esophagitis, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and other conditions caused by increased production of stomach acid.
The recommended dosage for healing of damaged esophagitis associated with gastrointestinal esophagus reflux disease (GERD) in adult patients is 40 mg per day, administered in a single dose, for up to eight weeks.
The recommended dosage for healing of damaged esophagitis associated with gastrointestinal esophagus reflux disease (GERD) in children 5 years and older is calculated on basis of the body weight. The recommended dosage is:
- Body weight between 15-40 kg – 20 mg per day, administered in a single dose, for up to eight weeks
- Body weight above 40 kg – 40 mg per day, administered in a single dose, for up to eight weeks
Side Effects & Interactions of Protonix
You must consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects during treatment:
- Signs of a hypersensitivity reaction – hives, facial flushness, wheezing, swelling of the throat, lips, or face, difficulty breathing, severe skin rashes, or trouble swallowing
- Muscle cramps
- Involuntary muscle movements
- Uneven heart rate
- Choking feeling
- Confusion, dizziness
Less severe side effects associated with Protonix may include the following:
- Stomach pain, gas
- Joint pain
- Vomiting, nausea
You should not use Protonix with nelfinavir or atazanavir. If you are using any of these two drugs, do not buy Protonix.
Other drugs that are expected to interact with Protonix may include, but not limited to, the following:
- Blood thinning drugs
Other drugs, which are not listed here, may also interact with Protonix. To prevent drug interactions, tell your healthcare provider about all drugs that you are taking.
Warnings & Precautions of Protonix
You should not buy Protonix if you are:
- Hypersensitive to Pantoprazole
- Hypersensitive to mebendazole, albendazole, or other benzimidazole medicines
Proton pump inhibitors such as Protonix may put you at a greater risk to bone fracture of the spine, wrist, or hip. This effect is recorded mostly in patients who were required to take this drug for long duration or in high dosages, and in patients who are of 50 years or older. Before using this drug for long term, discuss the risks associated it with your doctor, especially if you have osteopenia or osteoporosis.
Long term use of Protonix may decrease your ability to absorb vitamin B-12, leading to deficiency of vitamin B-12. Consult your doctor if you any early signs of vitamin B-12 deficiency, which are – pale skin, tired feeling, fast heart rate, shortness of breath, or weakness.
Patients who have low blood magnesium levels should tell their doctor about it before starting treatment. Protonix may not be safe for patients who have low levels of magnesium in their blood.
Protonix is listed in pregnancy category B. This drug is expected to be safe for unborn children. However, you should consult a doctor before using drug if you are pregnant.
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