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A 26-year-old male asked:

i don't have gerd, i'm on a med-surg floor, n i have protonix (pantoprazole) q morning prescribed for me in the hospital. why? no other midical history.

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Preventive: Hospital doctors often prescribe medications like protonix, (pantoprazole) called proton pump inhibitors, to prevent gastric irritation when in the hospital. It can be to protect your stomach from some of the medications you are getting or just from the stress of being hospitalized. This is a common practice.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

How can I ensure my baby won't be given formula in the hospital and cps won't be called?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
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No formula: Just ask! most hospitals have breastfeeding initiatives and want to do whatever they can to promote breastfeeding. Not sure what you have heard, but no one at the hospital is looking to give the baby formula unless you request it. You can also request that a pacifier or "binky" not be given.

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