Protonix is designed to heal the erosive esophagitis (esophagus injury, caused by the stomach acid), and other health states involving of the stomach acid excess, e.g. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It may also be prescribed by the doctor for other conditions.
Protonix belongs to the proton pump inhibitors, reducing the production of acid produced in the stomach.
Strictly follow the instructions of your doctor. Read the leaflet. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not quit the treatment even if you start feeling well. Finish the prescribed therapy. Talk to your doctor if your condition does not improve in 8 weeks.
Swallow the whole enteric-coated tablet, do not crash it.
If you wish to swallow the oral granules easily, you make mix them ONLY with applesauce or apple juice. Pour the granules on a teaspoon of applesauce and swallow the content immediately without chewing. You may also sprinkle the granules into a cup with 1 teaspoon of apple juice, stir and swallow immediately. Add a bit more of apple juice to the same glass and drink it in order to gel the entire dose.
Protonix granules may also be given with apple juice through a nasogastric (NG) tube. Fix a 60-milliliter syringe to the NG tube and take off the plunger. Hold the syringe high enough to make sure there will be no bends in the tube. Pour the Protonix granules into the syringe and add 2 teaspoons of apple juice. Shake or tap the syringe carefully as it empties into the tube. Pour 2 more teaspoons and rinse the syringe to make sure you will get the entire dose. Shake or tap the syringe carefully again. Repeat this action for at least two times.
Talk to your doctor in case you require the prolonged therapy. Long-term use of this medicine is detected to cause stomach cancer in animal studies. There is no such information about the same effects with human patients. Prolonged therapy may also perplex the vitamin B-12 absorption. Talk to your doctor about prevention of B-12 deficiency.
Protonix Safety Information
This generic drug has the potential to interact with other prescription drugs and, hence, should not be taken in combination with them. For instance, Prilosic (Omeprazole) can enhance the concentration of Valium (diazepam), Coumadin (warfarin) and Dilantin (phenytoin) by lessening the eradication of these drugs by the liver. Like other PPIs, this generic drug also lessens the assimilation and intensity of Nizoral (ketocnazole) in blood and enhances the absorption and concentration of Lanoxin (digoxin) in blood. As a result, this may decline the efficacy of ketoconazole or enhance the toxicity of digoxin. Therefore, before using this generic drug tell your physician of all prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs and herbal products used by you.
Protonix Side Effectss
Contact your health care specialist in case of the most common side effects, such as gas, stomach pain; headache; nausea, vomiting; or diarrhea.
Contact with your heath care provider in case you notice any signs of an allergy, such as swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; hives; difficulty breathing.
Inform your health care provider about any side effects that trouble you. Ask you doctor all the questions you have about this medicine and your health state.
Do not share Protonix with others for whom it has not been prescribed.