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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?

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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Please describe the medication: protonix (pantoprazole)?

Please describe the medication: protonix (pantoprazole)?

Pantoprazole: Protonix is the brand equivalent of pantoprazole, an oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor (ppi) class of drugs. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: protonix (pantoprazole)?

What is the definition or description of: protonix (pantoprazole)?

Protonix (pantoprazole): Protonix (pantoprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor which is an acid reducing medicine used to treat gerd and some other conditions. ...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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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

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Any difference between aciphex (rabeprazole) and protonix?

Minimal: They are both ppis but have some small differences in the way they are metabolized in the liver. Clinically they work essentially the same, though some people may reload better to one or the other. ...Read more

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I have a hard time swallowing pills. Can I crush protonix?

No: Slow release protonix cannot be crushed. Talk to you doctor about an alternative form of protonix or another medicine ...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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Can I take nexium in the morning and protonix in the evening?

Can I take nexium in the morning and protonix in the evening?

PPI: This would not be dangerous. Both medications are proton pump inhibitors and have similar effcacy. However the dosing for both medications is 20 to 40 mg one daily. ...Read more

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What is the difference between tagament and protonix (pantoprazole)?

Different type meds: Tagamet (cimetidine) is an h2-blocker. It has been around since the mid 1980s. It suppresses gastric acid via one pathway.
Protonix is a ppi and blocks acid production via a different mechanism of action. ...Read more

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What is the best way to slowly taper off of protonix (pantoprazole)?

What is the best way to slowly taper off of protonix (pantoprazole)?

Taper not needed, but: NEVER stop a medication that has been prescribed by your physician without his/her advice, but typically a taper from PPI therapy is not necessary. ...Read more

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Is there an interaction between magnesium and protonix (pantoprazole)?

Is there an interaction between magnesium and protonix (pantoprazole)?

Interaction: I don't think that there is any problem taking therapeutic dose of magnesium along with protonix, (pantoprazole) but check with your pharmacist who has complete access to this type of information. ...Read more

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What to do if I have gastritis and protonix (pantoprazole) anyone had this?

Should help: Protonix (pantoprazole) is a good treatment choice for gastritis. It takes time for symptoms to resolve so don't expect immediate relief. ...Read more

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Is taking protonix (pantoprazole) 40mg twice per day too much for gastritis?

Is taking protonix (pantoprazole) 40mg twice per day too much for gastritis?

Some needs that: Protonix (pantoprazole) is often used as a once a day medication, but can be more effective if used twice daily--because it has a very short half-life of about 1 hour. So taking it at breakfast will not provide much help by dinner hours. So, if the gastritis is significant, twice daily dosing is often advisable. Toxicity is very rare with 2x/day dosing. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more