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Doctor insights on: Going Off Protonix

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Is protonix (pantoprazole) effective?

Is protonix (pantoprazole) effective?

Yes, but not for all: Protonix belongs to a class of antacid medication called proton-pump-inhibitor such as the famous purple pill, prilosec. Some examples: prilosec, nexium, prevacid, aciphex, dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) and protonix--they differ slightly, but generally have similar efficacy. One may work for one person, but not another. So, if it is not working for you, consult doc for a change. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is protonix (pantoprazole) prescribed for?

What is protonix (pantoprazole) prescribed for?

Acid reflux: This is an inhibitor of the proton pump that produces stomach acid. It is prescribed for acid reflux, stomach acidity, indigestion and as an adjunct for medications such as Ibuprofen which can cause excess acid and stomach upset as well as ulcerations and bleeding. ...Read more

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Lcan you take gax x with protonix (pantoprazole)?

Yes: Gas x is simethicone- an anti-gas formula. Protonix (pantoprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor which suppresses acid secretion in your stomach. The two medications can be used together safely. ...Read more

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How long can you take protonix (pantoprazole) fir?

How long can you take protonix (pantoprazole) fir?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any risks associated with taking protonix (pantoprazole) long term?

Are there any risks associated with taking protonix (pantoprazole) long term?

Minimal: Some studies say there could be some bone loss and risk of osteoporosis. The studies aren't great and usually the risk is greatest if you are taking high doses like twice daily. By taking calcium and vitamin d you can minimize the risk of osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Can a person take 3 protonix (pantoprazole) pills and a Zactac 150 pill around the same time?

Wouldn't want to: protonix (pantoprazole) works by permanently inactivating the acid secretion by the stomach and this has to grow back before the pills action stops. More protonix (pantoprazole) cannot do more effect at one time. With acid secretion broken by protonix (pantoprazole) unlikely zantac could do anything. ...Read more

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I'm using protonix (pantoprazole) 40mg x1 daily. I'm still struggling with symptoms. Any suggestions?

GERD: You could elevate the head of the bed. (place blocks under the headboard frame so the whole head of the bead is elevated, not just the use of pillows). Also, try to avoid specific foods that you notice to cause increased reflux. ...Read more

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I have been taking protonix. The the past few days I have started having constant hunger pangs. It feels like I have not eaten at all. Protonix?

I have been taking protonix. The the past few days I have started having constant hunger pangs. It feels like I have not eaten at all. Protonix?

Protonix: Hunger pangs are a nonspecific symptom. Protonix may cause diarrhea, but I am not aware of it causing abdominal pain. Your distress may be due to pylorospasm, gastritis, peptic ulcer, gall bladder disorder,etc. If symptoms persist see your physician for evaluation and appropriate tests will be ordered. In the meantime you could take zantac instead of protonix to block stomach acidity. ...Read more

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I am on protonix (pantoprazole) since 5 months. And i don't to take it forever. I once tried giving it up but my symptoms were worse than before i started taking it.

Need to taper.: This medication needs to be tapered off over the course of a few weeks. Otherwise symptoms come back with a vengeance. Take it every other day for a week or so. If you have symptoms use Tums and ranitidine. After that week go ahead and stop. Treat symptoms with rantidine and Tums as noted. If symptoms persist you may have to restart the protonix (pantoprazole). ...Read more

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Should i go back on protonix if it made my swallowing more difficult,othere ppis didt really work for me at all ?

Should i go back on protonix if it made my swallowing more difficult,othere ppis didt really work for me at all ?

Ask your doctor.: If the other PPIs did not work at all, and protonix still does not provide a completely normal result, you should ask your doctor what he or she wants you to take, and if so, what dosage. Certainly you have not found the ideal treatment yet. Don't try to do this on your own. That is what they are there for. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm having acid reflux issues. I stopped taking protonix (pantoprazole) because it wasn't working. Should I go to the dr to get a new RX give myself time or get OTC?

I'm having acid reflux issues. I stopped taking protonix (pantoprazole) because it wasn't working. Should I go to the dr to get a new RX give myself time or get OTC?

Try another otc: The majority of the traditional reflux medications today are available over the counter. It's debatable that there is one proton-pump inhibitor better than the other (the meds we often use to treat reflux), however in my hospital we often used Nexium (esomeprazole) to good effect. It may be a factor of trying what is right for you. You could alternately try H2 blockers like ranitidine. ...Read more

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Does protonix (pantoprazole) cause psoriasis to flare?

Possibly: There are certain medication that are well known to flare psoriasis. The most common ones are beta blockers and lithium. There are many others, but they occur on a much less frequent basis. I would see a dermatologist to find out if the Protonix (pantoprazole) may be causing a flare. More likely, flares are due to stress, smoking, and other things. ...Read more

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Gastritis and protonix, (pantoprazole) what are these?

Gastritis and protonix, (pantoprazole) what are these?

Hi,: Gastritis is inflammation of inside lining (mucosa) of stomach. It could be from any reason - high acid production and disruption of mucosal defense barrier. Mostly from NSAIDS, steroid, alcohol, smoking or stress. Protonix (pantoprazole) is a prescription drug - PPI (proton pump inhibitor - which reduce acid secretion in stomach and helps to heal mucosal inflammation. ...Read more