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please describe the medication: protonix (pantoprazole)?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Heartburn Medication: Treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) and damage to the esophagus. Also treats high levels of acid in the stomach caused by a tumor (such as zollinger-ellison syndrome). This medicine is a proton pump inhibitor (ppi).
Dr. Perry Milman
Gastroenterology 48 years experience
PPI: Protonix is the trade name for pantoprazole. This medication is a ppi or proton pump inhibitor. Its function is to reduce gastric acid, and it is commonly used to treat gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or peptic ulcer disease.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Pantoprazole: Protonix is the brand equivalent of pantoprazole, an oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor (ppi) class of drugs.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Does pantoprazole cause hyperglycemia?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
No: There is no evidence that Pantoprazole or related protein pump inhibitors cause elevated blood sugars.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How long can you take protonix (pantoprazole) fir?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
As needed: It should be taken as long as needed and at the lowest dose possible. That being said patients with barrwtt's esophagus should remain on it. I would discuss with a md before using any ppi for greater than 3 months.
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What are the common side effects of protonix (pantoprazole) treatment?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Protonix (pantoprazole): The most common side effects from taking Protonix (pantoprazole) are headaches, constipation, gas , and nausea. There is a long list of potential side effects that are really rather rare but these are the ones I have seen in clinical practice. Occasionally someone will have diarrhea or abdominal pain as well.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it unhealthy to take 40mg pantoprazole everyday over an extended period of time?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
NOT REALLY: The decision to take drugs like Pantoprazole indefinitely depends on the diagnosis/condition being used for. Obviously, in a sense, you are right. We need acid to properly digest food. However, there are conditions for which chronic use of these meds is important in order to prevent catastrophic, life ending or maming illnesses. By the way, I have been personally on an acid blocker for 11 yrs now.
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Can I stay on tecta forever?

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Dr. Edwin Medina
General Practice 39 years experience
Depends: It depends on what you are treating: erosive esophagitis associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd)=8 weeks, hypersecretory conditions=as long as clinically indicated your primary care should probably decide what time frame is best for you.

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