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I've taken protonix (pantoprazole) 40 mg for couple yrs now. Will I have any withdrawal symptoms if i just stop taking them because i would like to stop.
I am tampering off of Protonix (pantoprazole) currently. I have a diagnosis of IBS. I have stomach pain and nausea, sleep deprivation,and headache. Withdrawal?
IBS: Protonix (pantoprazole) is not the treatment of choice for IBS. IF you have all the complaints above, you need to make sure to clean your diet. Eat more suits and vegetable to give you more fiber. Avoid high fatty food. Drink a lot of water. Try some pepermint oil. Ask you doctor about medication options for IBS ...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