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Doctor insights on: To Be Safe How Long To Use Pantoprazole

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Is it safe to take pantoprazole for a long time? I have GRED from almost 2 years

Is it safe to take pantoprazole for a long time? I have GRED from almost 2 years

Yes: But may have mild side effects like athralgia, headaches, nause and flatulence. Initially feared predispositin Zollinger Ellison syndrome did not show in 2 year studies as the incidence was same in control group with GERD. Follow other GERD precautions ...Read more

Pantoprazole (Definition)

Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. It is used to decrease acid secretion in the stomach as a treatment for many conditions including peptic ulcer ...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?

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?

PPIs: Proton pump inhibitors have serious long term side-effects. There are no side effects from probiotics. But symptoms improved by PPPi's are not those controlled by probiotics. I would switch to 300 mg of rantidine and shcuk the pantoprazole unless you have Barrett's esophagus! ...Read more

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How long is cometely safe to stay on pantoprazole 40... Doc gave to me for throat clearing problem but am scared this coukd cause other problems?

How long is cometely safe to stay on pantoprazole 40... Doc gave to me for throat clearing problem but am scared this coukd cause other problems?

Indefinitely: These meds are safe long term but dietary management for mild to moderate reflux symptoms equally effective. If this med necessary can prevent calcium absorption and promote osteoporosis so take calcium. See product information for greater detail. Diet changes-avoid alcohol, caffeine, fatty and spicy foods. Weight loss, smaller meals, no eat or drink 3-4 hrs before sleep ...Read more

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How long does it take for pantoprazole to start working?

Pantoprazole: Ppis such as Pantoprazole can take anywhere from a few days to 1-2 weeks for you to truly notice an effect. ...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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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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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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Is it safe to take pantoprazole & buscopan at the same time?

Yes they can be: There is no significant interaction between the two meds and so their use together should be ok. Nevertheless, unexpected reaction can occur and so if you experience anything significant, consult doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does taking pantoprazole for a long time cause lungs problems?

Does taking pantoprazole for a long time cause lungs problems?

No but: There is a study showing that among the elderly, chronic use of this type of drug increased the risk for pneumonia. However, the risk/ benefit favors using it if you have bothersome symptoms without it.
You may need some magnesium supplement since this type of drug reduces its absorption. Considering calcium/magnesium/ and vit d3 t on a daily basis since you are at risk for osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How long should I stay on pantoprazole 40. Mg to cure my acid reflux?

How long should I stay on pantoprazole 40. Mg to cure my acid reflux?

Not a cure: The medication just manages the problem and does not cure acid reflux life style changes (quit smoking, cut out alcohol and caffeine, do not overeat, do not lay down within 2 hours of laying down, loose weight. ....) can decrease acid reflux. ...Read more

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Is protonix (pantoprazole) safe I had some reactions to prilosec?

Is protonix (pantoprazole) safe I had some reactions to prilosec?

Can't tell: Sometimes drug reactions are brand-specific and others are class-specific. Difficult to say what will happen if you try the pronix. If your Prilosec reaction was not too bad, might try considering a try. ...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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Please I am 72 male from india. I want to know which is better and safe Nexium (esomeprazole) or pantoprazole. Thanks.?

Please I am 72 male from india. I want to know which is better and safe Nexium (esomeprazole) or pantoprazole. Thanks.?

Neither: None of these drugs are safe since they increase the risk of iron and B12 deficiency, pneumonia, fracture, c. difficile intestinal infection. A much safer med would be ranitidine.
The best treatment for heartburn is a diet devoid of wheat and milk products (only butter and ghee are ok to consume) ...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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My doc has prescribed me pantoprazole 40 mg two times daily for 6 weeks. Is it ok or is it not good for me. Is it safe?

Yes: It is important to follow your doctor's instructions. The dosing and interval can be different for different conditions. ...Read more

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I'm taking 20mg pantoprazole for a long time and it is not working any longer. It was suggested I try two tablets of Prilosec OTC (40mg). I'm 120 lbs.

I'm taking 20mg pantoprazole for a long time and it is not working any longer. It was suggested I try two tablets of Prilosec OTC (40mg). I'm 120 lbs.

PPI: Both of these medications are considered proton pump inhibitors, PPI. They work by inhibiting the acid produced by the stomach and therefore decreasing the risk for developing ulcer. All of the medications are available over-the-counter at a usually lower dose. You may be able to get a prescription for a higher dose than may be cheaper. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take pantoprazole while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take pantoprazole while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Probably: Not well studied, esp in 1st trimester, but is cat b in preg and lactation. ...Read more

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How to cure a skin rash cause by long-term use of pantoprazole?

Medication rash: If a rash is caused by a medication, stopping the medication will slowly resolve the rash and sometimes it can take weeks to resolve completely. ...Read more

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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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My doc advised me to take 40mg pantoprazole twice a day and ranitidine 300 mg at bedtime. Is it safe for me?

Nocturnal acid: It is not a standard of care in practice to combine ppi and h2 blocker. It has side effects but there is one study that shows some benefit in lowering the reflux but I don't suggest to do it, see here: addition of a h2 receptor antagonist to ppi improves acid control and decreases nocturnal acid breakthrough.
Mainie i, et al. Journal
j clin gastroenterol. 2008 jul;42 (6):676-9. ...Read more

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I have errosive esophagus, doctor didn't tell me what grade. Just to take pantoprazole for 3 month and do a rescope. How long till esophagus heal?

I have errosive esophagus, doctor didn't tell me what grade. Just to take pantoprazole for 3 month and do a rescope. How long till esophagus heal?

Can't tell w/o grade: ...or knowledge of your specific precipitating factors, but would suggest curtailing alcohol, NSAID's, tobacco, and completely following your physician's advice. ...Read more

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Does taking PPI for long time such as pantoprazole, omeprazole causes gastritis?

Does taking PPI for long time such as pantoprazole, omeprazole causes gastritis?

Depends: If u are taking these medications for years and years they can cause atrophic gastritis. The treatments is different but it involves making sure that your B12 levels are normal, your Folic Acid levels are normal, and to take breaks from the medications. ...Read more

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I have reflux esophagitis, erosive grade II am taken pantoprazole 40 mg for how long I have to take it?

I have reflux esophagitis, erosive grade II am taken pantoprazole 40 mg for how long I have to take it?

Longterm: You may need to take it long-term. People who have erosive esophagitis suffer from acid reflux, which will still be present if the medication is stopped. Therefore, it is commonly necessary to continue maintenance therapy. Anti-reflux measures are also important. Good luck. ...Read more