Protonix (generic name: pantoprazole; brand names include: Pantosec / Pantopan / Protium / Pantozol / Pantor / Pantoloc / Astropan / Controloc / Pantecta / Inipomp / Ulcepraz) is a type of medicine called a proton pump inhibitor, or PPI, which helps maintain a lower level of acid in the stomach.
Protonix is used to treat and maintain healing of erosive acid reflux disease, also known as erosive GERD (breaks in the lining of the esophagus), and relieve associated symptoms that may include frequent and persistent heartburn and stomach acid backup.
Protonix helps to control nighttime heartburn and other symptoms associated with erosive GERD.
Most patients heal within 8 weeks of treatment. Doctors may prescribe Protonix beyond 8 weeks to maintain healing or to prevent a recurrence of your symptoms.
Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Protonix exactly as directed.
It is usually taken once or twice a day with or without food. Swallow the tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them.
Continue to take Protonix even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Protonix without talking to your doctor.
if you forget a dose of Protonix, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Store this medicine at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture.
Tell your doctor before taking Protonix, if:
you are allergic to Protonix or any other medications;
you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: pantoprazole.