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Protonix (Pantoprazole)

Protonix is another kind of proton pump inhibitor. Judging from the word “inhibitor” by itself, this drug works the same way as a proton pump inhibitor does. The drug helps reduce the production of the stomach acid which causes damage to the stomach walls. Mainly, Protonix is used to treat erosive esophagitis (burning throat) or the damaged in the esophagus that is caused by the acids in the stomach. This is also used in treating the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux) and other symptoms related to GERD.   

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If you are allergic to proton pump inhibitors, make sure you have informed your doctor. Severe allergic reactions may be life threatening to the user. Protonix comes in delayed-releasing capsule and packet forms all of which are taken per orem (or mouth). Also, ask your doctor first if you can use this medication with other drugs. If you are allowed to, take this medication as prescribed. For side effects and other allergies that may occur, seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

Pantoprazole (Protonix) Side Effects 

Side effects with medication should not be taken lightly. There are people who have little or no reaction to any medication but this is not the case most of the time. There are people who are hypersensitive to any medications and if you are that person, it is advised that you seek medical attention right away since some allergic reactions may be life threatening.

Side effects may also vary on each person so if you are taking Protonix watch out for these signs and symptoms: 

  • Diarrhea 
  • Dizziness 
  • Stomach pain 
  • Headache 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Gas  
  • Joint pain

Other side effects of this medication may be SEVERE and can pose as a threat to a person.

The following are severe reactions to protonix: 

  • Rashes, hives, itching, swelling of the eyes, lips, mouth and tongue 
  • Blistering or peeling of the skin 
  • Hoarseness of voice 
  • Palpitations 
  • Excessive tiredness 
  • Spasms 
  • Seizures 
  • Lightheadedness 

If in any case you are experiencing these side effects do seek emergency medical care.  Also take note that people taking proton pump inhibitors are most likely to fracture any parts of their body than those who do not take this kind of medication. Taking of PPI for a long period of time may also develop weak stomach linings and a low level of B12 in the blood.