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Medline says get emergency attention for excessive tiredness with protonix, (pantoprazole) what makes it so urgent with this medication? (was experiencing seen by md
Possible nephritis: I'm not sure but it's known to cause nephritis (serious kidney problems) that may manifest with fatigue. It can also cause magnesium deficiency ; other serious problems. The safety of Protonix (pantoprazole) ; similar drugs taken for prolonged periods hasn't been studied, yet docs prescribe them for years. I feel they should not be used more than a few months. See http://bit.Ly/1b1avqs ; http://bit.Ly/19eb8ea. ...Read more
Which medication is believed by experts to be more effective for heartburn and acid reflux: Prilosec OTC bid or protonix (pantoprazole) 40 mg bid?
Dose dependency: The class of drugs known as ppi's (proton pump inhibitors) has expanded considerably since Prilosec became available in 1989, & now includes: prilosec, prevacid, aciphex, protonix, zegerid, dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) nexium, as well as generic equivalents. All of these, with minor variation, block acid production at the proton-pump cellular level. Drug half-life & dose roughly determine duration & efficacy. ...Read more
Which controls reflux best: 150mg ranitidine twice a day, 20mg protonix (pantoprazole) twice a day,40mg protonux once a day or combo of both drugs?
Reflux : A lot of people take protonix (pantoprazole) just once daily at either 20 or 40mg and do well but others, anecdotally, seem to prefer taking the 20 mg dose twice daily. Ranitidine can work well for a lot of people as well (twice daily). however, if your reflux is very severe I recommend that you get an evaluation by a gastroenterologist to make sure it's you're only dealing with simple gastroesophageal reflux ...Read more
Is it true that taking protonix (pantoprazole) can cause a false positive for marijuana on a drug/tox screen?
Yes, however...: Until researching this i did not know that Protonix (pantoprazole) can indeed cause a false positive for thc, the chemical tested in marijuana drug screens. However, if you are taking protonix (pantoprazole), (pantoprazole) tell those administering the test first & they can perform further tests to distinguish thc from protonix (pantoprazole). If you test positive, saying you used Protonix (pantoprazole) will not work unless they actually detect its metabolites in you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which drug is safest for lifetime maintenance of GERD on daily basis: 40mg of omeprazole, 40mg protonix, or 40mg nexium (esomeprazole)?
Equivalent, but: These are all pretty equivalent. They are different drug formulations that work on the same general mechanism within the stomach to decrease acid secretion. It is important to note that long term use of these medications can be associated with osteoporosis. It is important to maintain recommended calcium/vitamin D intake and see Dr. for assessment of osteoporosis risk. ...Read more
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