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Going Off Protonix
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
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
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
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
I have duodentisis, take protonix. still have a lot of acid, and am unable to eat my regular foods. what can i add to diet to help combat this?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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