Generic Protonix (Pantoprazole Sodium) is an antacid that is predominantly used in treating acid reflux disease. It is also used to treat peptic ulcers, erosive esophagitis and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Pantoprazole is an active component of Generic Protonix, which is pharmacologically referred as proton pump inhibitor (PPI). However, it is not used to provide immediate relief from heartburn. This medication is an acid suppressive agent.
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The active ingredient in Generic Protonix is Pantoprazole sodium. It is chemically denoted as (RS)-6-(Difluoromethoxy)-2-[(3,4-dimethoxypyridin-2-yl)methylsulfinyl]-1H-benzo[d]imidazole. The formula is C16H15F2N3O4S and its molecular mass is 383.371 g/mol. The inactive ingredients are polyvinylpolypyrrolidone, hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, calcium stearate, iron oxide, mannitol, methacrylic acid copolymer, sodium laurilsulfate, polysorbate 80, soda crystals, povidone, propane-1,2-dio, titanium, and triethyl citrate.
Pantoprazole is a PPI, which means, it inhibits certain enzymes associated with proton pump. This further suppresses the gastric acid secretion at cellular level. Once the secretion of acid is ceased, the symptoms of acid reflux ameliorate, such as burning in chest region and regurgitation.
Generic Protonix should be taken as suggested by your doctor. Do not use in increased or decreased quantities of the medicine.
Avoid prolonged use of this antacid than what is suggested by your doctor.
These tablets can be administered on an empty stomach or after the meal, consult your doctor for best option.
You should consume the whole tablet; do not crush or split the tablet.
Complete the course of the medicine. Do not stop using the medication even if your health condition improves.
Let your physician know if you have lower degrees of magnesium in your blood.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, consult your doctor and ask about risks of using the medicine before taking it. Pantoprazole may pass into breast milk causing harm to the baby.
Keep Generic Protonix tablets away from heat and moisture and store it at room temperature.
Speak with your physician about possible risks and benefits of using this acid suppressor.
Before using Generic Protonix, talk with your physician about any health-related issues, such as –
Oversensitive to any medications
Past/present medical history of asthma, liver/kidney ailments, etc.
Undergoing therapies with any kind of medications
Prolonged use of PPIs can increase the risk of bone fracture in older patients ageing above 50 years; also, it may result in vitamin B-12 deficiency.
People with acute or chronic diarrhea should ask their physician whether to use this antacid or not.
Typically, physician prescribe Generic Protonix for around four to eight weeks, after assessing the patient’s condition and severity of the disease. Hence, it is advisable to ask the medical professional about exact duration of treatment with this acid-reducer.
Probable Side Effects
Adverse side effects of Generic Protonix are –
Loss of appetite
These are not all the side effects, you may experience from other symptoms that are not mentioned here. Immediately inform your doctor about any experienced complications, so that timely medical attention can be implemented.
Few therapeutic drugs like antibiotics, cancer drugs, anticoagulants, antivirals and iron-containing medications can interact with Generic Protonix in adverse manner. So tell your doctor about any prescription, OTC and herbal medications you are undergoing, before using this antacid.
Individuals having following medical conditions are not eligible to use generic protonix –