Treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and damage to the esophagus. Also treats high levels of acid in the stomach caused by a tumor (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). This medicine is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
Protonix, Protonix TR
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to pantoprazole.
How to Use This Medicine
Packet, Tablet, Delayed Release Tablet, Long Acting Tablet
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Delayed-release tablet: Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it. You may also take it at the same time with antacids.
- Delayed-release packet: Mix the packet contents only with applesauce or apple juice. Do not mix the granules with water, other liquids, or food. Do not chew or crush the granules. Swallow the mixture at least 30 minutes before a meal.
- Feeding tube: Clear any clogs from the feeding tube before you put this medicine mixture into the tube.
- This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Tell your doctor if you also use ampicillin (Omnipen®, Principen®), atazanavir (Reyataz®), an iron supplement (Feosol®, Fer-In-Sol®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), methotrexate (Rheumatrex®, Trexall®), nelfinavir (Viracept®), or a blood thinner (such as warfarin, Coumadin®, or Jantoven®).
- Make sure your doctor knows if you also use digoxin (Lanoxin®, Digitek®) or a diuretic (water pill, such as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), furosemide, torsemide, Lasix®, Demadex®, spironolactone, triamterene, Aldactone®, chlorthalidone, indapamide, Zaroxolyn®, metolazone).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have osteoporosis, seizures, or a history of low magnesium levels in your blood.
- People of Asian race may react differently to this medicine.
- This medicine may cause hypomagnesemia (low magnesium in the blood). This is more likely to occur if you take this medicine longer than 1 year or if you take it with digoxin or certain diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor right away if you have seizures, dizziness, a fast or pounding heartbeat, or muscle spasms.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have diarrhea that does not go away, stomach pain, and fever while you are taking this medicine.
- You may be at risk for Clostridium difficile colitis (also called C diff) if you take this medicine. C diff is an inflammation of your large intestine that causes diarrhea. You have a higher risk of this condition if you are also using antibiotics, are elderly, or have other health conditions.If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.
- This medicine may increase your risk of broken bones in the hip, wrist, and spine. This is more likely if you are older than 50, you receive high doses of this medicine, or you use it for 1 year or longer.
- It may be harder for your body to absorb vitamin B12 if you take this medicine for a long time. Tell your doctor if you have concerns about vitamin B12 deficiency.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.You may need blood or other lab tests to check for unwanted effects.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
- Dizziness, seizures, fast or pounding heartbeat, or muscle spasms or cramps
- Severe diarrhea that does not go away, stomach pain, fever
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Diarrhea, nausea, or stomach pain
- Mild skin rash