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Protonix is the brand name of the generic drug pantoprazole sodium. Protonix is used to treat stomach, throat, and acid reflux problems. Problems to the digestive system due to acid reflux are avoided by the use of Protonix. Protonix restricts the production of acid in the stomach and thereby the problems associated with acid production in the stomach. This drug is available in the form of delayed release tablet and delayed release oral suspension. The delayed release tablet is available in strength of 40 mg and the delayed release tablet is available in strengths of 20 mg and 40 mg. The active ingredient in Protonix is pantoprazole sodium sesquihydrate.
How to use
The recommended dosage is once daily. Since Protonix is a delayed release medication it is necessary that you swallow the medicine as a whole and make sure you are not chewing it or crushing it. This drug can be taken with food or without food. The correct dosage of Protonix should be decided by the doctor depending on your condition. It would work better if you take the medication at the same time regularly. Do not stop the medication until you get the nod from your doctor.
For adults the recommended dosage would be 40 mg daily for up to two months. for children above 5 years the dosage depends on their weight. If they are between 15 kg to 40 kg then 20 mg would be sufficient. If they are more than 40 kg then 40 mg dose is recommended.
Side effects like headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, dizziness, nausea, and diarrhea are reported with the use of Protonix. Some patients have reported dry mouth, constipation, vertigo, blurred vision, and some allergic reactions. Make sure you are not allergic to this medication before you use it. It is better to reveal your medical history to the doctor before Protonix is recommended to you. If you feel uneasy after taking this medication it is better to consult your doctor immediately to review your condition. Breast feeding an infant while taking Protonix is not recommended as it might be passed on to the infant.
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