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Protonix Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Protonix is a member of the proton pump inhibitor class of acid blockers, which such as AcipHex, Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid. It blocks the production of stomach acid. It is used to heal a condition known as erosive esophagitis. It is also used to maintain healing and prevent a relapse.

Protonix Dosage

  • For the treatment of Erosive Esophagitis, the usual starting dose is 40 milligrams once a day for up to 8 weeks.
  • For the treatment of Stomach Acid, the usual starting dose is 40 milligrams twice a day.

Uses of Protonix

  • It is used to heal a condition known as erosive esophagitis.
  • It is also used to maintain healing and prevent a relapse.

Side Effects of Protonix

Before taken Protonix medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Protonix. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Burping
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Protonix:

  • If you are taking Protonix, then it may cause various side effects such as severe allergic reaction, severe swelling of the face and throat, and inflammation of the pancreas. So you should be used this medication with extra caution.
  • If you have a liver condition, then you should tell your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Protonix with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Protonix with the following:

  • Ampicillin
  • Iron
  • Ketoconazole
  • Warfarin
Overdose

After taken Protonix if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Although little is known about Protonix overdose in humans, in animal studies it interferes with coordination and reduces activity.


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