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Doctor insights on: Long Term Protonix

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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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I had a negative endoscopy done, but are there any risks or side effects of being on protonix (pantoprazole) long term?

I had a negative endoscopy done, but are there any risks or side effects of being on protonix (pantoprazole) long term?

Protonix (pantoprazole) S.E.'s: Protonix (pantoprazole) is a very well tolerated medication, but in the short term it and other proton pump inhibitors can cause a number of dose-dependent side effects including commonly headache and diarrhea. Longer term use carries other consequences (please see my earlier answer on this topic in healthtap) including bone thinning ; risk of infection (like c.Difficile). ...Read more

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Long term side effects of taking prevacid or protonix (pantoprazole)?

Long term side effects of taking prevacid or protonix (pantoprazole)?

PPI side effects: Prevacid, protonix, (pantoprazole) Prilosec (& their generic equivalents) are similar, very well tolerated medications called proton pump inhibitors. In the short term they can cause a number of dose-dependent side effects including commonly headache and diarhea. Longer term use carries other consequences (please see my earlier answer on this topic in healthtap)--like bone thinning, low magnesium, c.Difficile. ...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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How long for protonix (pantoprazole) to help heal gastritis?

How long for protonix (pantoprazole) to help heal gastritis?

< 6 weeks.: Assuming there's no persistent cause for the gastritis, such as a culprit medication like aspirin being concurrently used, we assume that gastritis can be healed, meaning by symptoms and endoscopic evidence, between four to six weeks at the most. You may notice relief of symptoms as early as within the first week of use, though. ...Read more

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How long might cold turkey Protonix (pantoprazole) withdrawl last?

Zero time.: There is really no withdrawal from Protonix (pantoprazole) as far as withdrawal symptoms,,such as from benzodiazepines. Worst thing would be your GI symptoms might come back. ...Read more

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How long does it take LPR to heal? Been on protonix 40mg in a.m. and 20mg pepcid at night for 32 days. No improvement. Changed to acid reflx diet too

How long does it take LPR to heal? Been on protonix 40mg in a.m. and 20mg pepcid at night for 32 days. No improvement.  Changed to acid reflx diet too

Gastroenterologist : input is what you need, you may undergo endoscopy of your esophagus, stomach and duodenum, or other study, for evaluation of your condition, good luck ...Read more

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I just read that Protonix (pantoprazole) may increase QTc. Is taking a probiotic safe with long QT? Could a probiotic replace protonix (pantoprazole)? Foods to avoid w/ long qt?

QT 474?: QT is borderline Nl and may not have been adjusted for heart rate and may have been calculated by machine. (Notorious for overcalling QT prolongation.) Unless you have been diagnosed with prolonged QT syndrome or have other members of family with QT prolongation I would not worry. Long term protonix (pantoprazole) use has rarely been associated with low magnesium which may prolong QT. ...Read more

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I've been told by my cardiologist that I've been on Protonix too long (5 years), but my Gastro Dr. has continued to prescribe it. I'm confused. What d?

I've been told by my cardiologist that I've been on Protonix too long (5 years), but my Gastro Dr. has continued to prescribe it. I'm confused. What d?

When docs differ: The situation you describe is common -- different specialists seem to be giving different advice. Make sure your doctors each know you're seeing the other so they can communicate, and ask them both your question. These little text boxes are not big enough to resolve the question here; consider an Inbox consult here on HealthTap where you can share details of your history and get another opinion. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an ulcer to heal during Protonix (pantoprazole) 40mg therapy? When should a second egd be done?

It depends...: on multiple factors, the size, location, and cause of the ulcer being most prominent. If or when a followup EGD is necessary depends mostly on whether it's located in the stomach or duodenum, and whether bleeding occurred. Follow your gastroenterologist's advice. ...Read more

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Took Protonix 40mg daily but stopped working after stomach bug weeks ago. Now on Dexilant 60mg for 5 days. How long does it take to be 100% burn free?

Took Protonix 40mg daily but stopped working after stomach bug weeks ago. Now on Dexilant 60mg for 5 days. How long does it take to be 100% burn free?

Up to 8 weeks: Some relief from heartburn should be felt about 4-6 hours after taking Dexilant. However, significant improvement in symptoms with Dexilant is said to be after about 8 weeks of continuous use. Some other options to help reduce symptoms are to raise the head of your bed 6-8 inches, avoiding certain foods such as alcohol, caffeinated drinks, peppermint, and not eating anything 3 hours before bed. ...Read more

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I have a sore tongue that I am pretty sure is from acid reflux. Am on 40mg protonix (pantoprazole) and 300mg gabapentin and low acid diet. How long will this last.

I have a sore tongue that I am pretty sure is from acid reflux.  Am on 40mg protonix (pantoprazole) and 300mg gabapentin and low acid diet.  How long will this last.

Sore tongue: Your "sore tongue" is not related to your acid reflux, if in fact you have this condition. Are you self medicating with OTC protonix (pantoprazole) and Ranitidine? It is unnecessary to take both. Why are you on Gabapentin? I don't see anything under conditions that supports that prescription unless you have been diagnosed with "neuralgia" or seizures. Tongue pain is worrisome for cancer if h/o to and alcohol. ...Read more