Protonix

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    Brand Name:Protonix
    Generic:Pantoprazole
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2000-02-02 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
Tablets, Delayed Release
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2004/20987slr020_protonix_lbl.pdf

About Protonix

Protonix is used for:

  • the short-term (up to 8 weeks) healing of a gradual breakdown (erosion) or sore (ulceration) in the esophagus which may be caused by the backward flow of gastric acid from the stomach into the esophagus (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD). For people who have not healed after 8 weeks of treatment, an additional 8 week course of Protonix may be considered.
  • the maintenance of healing or erosive or ulcerative esophagitis GERD.
  • the long-term treatment of medical conditions that result in the body secreting too much acid, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Side Effects of Protonix

Protonix is generally well tolerated. The most common side effect is headache. Your health care provider can discuss with you a complete list of possible side effects.

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keppra and protonix

Hello all,my first post ever.Just wanted to share that i took the Anti-Seizure Drug "Keppra."I let it build up in my system for 17 days.(11/1/12-11/17/12)At the same time,i was weaning off of Phenytoin. I was without Phenytoin altogether for 3 days. 11/15/12-11/17/12. On the night of 11/17 i took Keppra after dinner(8pm.),then took 1 Protonix(for GERD)at 9:30 pm. Then,At 2:30am,i began having multiple tonic-clonic(grand mal)seizures,followed by Kepp-rage(as they call it) Obviously,this could be due to an interaction between the 2 drugs,or just that Keppra may not work for me. (I have taken Protonix for years with no ill affects to my other AED's.(Anti-Epileptic-Drug's) I continued to have seizures for the next 12 hours. I immediately went back to my old schedule with Phenytoin,on the 18'th. The severity of the following migraine,and other symptoms made it clear that i nearly died.Now my blood pressure is staying much higher than normal,even while relaxed. My heart is completely out of rhythm,and i feel like i lost half my intelligence,overnight. I have trouble swallowing,i have no sense of hunger,even to this day. (I just force feed myself,because i know that my body needs nutrients.) and i generally can't fuction at all. I can't eat,sleep,be active in any way shape,or form, or focus at all.Even typing this is taking hours to formulate.My body is just as sore as it was 5 days ago. (Usually,my muscles begin to recover well before the 5 day mark.) All this is possibly just the after affects of a serious series of neurological disturbances,due to NOT having the "right" AED. Either way,taking Keppra definitely did NOT work out well for me at all! The result of those seizures was truly life altering to say the least. I have had many,many (grand-mal)seizures,but none that had that kind of long-term affect on me.And my seizures always seemed as bad as they could get,so it's seriously no joke!When you go unconscious each time because your lungs shut down for minutes at a time,you know it's already bad.Suffocating into unconsciousness is definitely no fun at all. So for me to be able to very easily top that,you know i ain't playin'. My heart feels completely messed up. If you have seizures,make sure you know exactly what kind,and that your neurologist knows just as well. It took this happening for me to actually look it up,and find out that Keppra is not (normally) intended to control tonic-clonic seizures in serious cases,like mine. My neurologist was new to me,& kind of an idiot too. Anyway,he first saw me,then wanted to change my meds(that had consistently worked okay for 13 years),IMMEDIATELY! Needless to say,i'm getting a new dr. And yes,i really was dumb enough to trust him. If i could change any decision in my life,i would have decided to not trust him. Be your own doctor if you must(figuratively speaking.) Research everything,listen to your body,and understand that these"doctors"might not be as bright as they appear(they could think:hey,i hear that this drug "can be" used for this. Turns out it may not be the bright idea they thought it was. Sometimes you gotta listen to your patient when they say the words(grand-mal,and several.) I know it's out-dated,but we all know what it means,if we study neurology. Look up Keppra. Most sources claim that it only treats partial seizures. It has been said to control mild cases of Epilepsy,even if (grand-mal)seizures have been experienced by the patient. However,in severe cases,it should not be a 1'st line of defense. That's just retarded. It could change your life,forever...like it did my retarded a**. I feel like i just lost 35 years,in an instant. I already feel so close to death. Btw,i'm just 34,and am a 6'2 160lb. male. I used to work out on my eliptical 5 days a week,before this happened.I do no street drugs,alcohol,or cigarettes,and my diet is that of a gym freak.However,i feel like i was put in one of those "aging machines" like the one on:The Princess Bride.(I know,old movie,but whateva.) Anyway,i feel that i was put in one of those on 11/18/12,and there's no going back. My blood pressure is staying high like there was a major physiological change to my heart,like permanent damage to my AV,or SA node(s.)My heart has hurt just a bit,now & then too,like there was serious atrophy to it. I felt it in the upper aortic chamber,& in the lower (muscular) area of it. Anyway,that's my story. I hope not to see a similar one due to Keppra,or an idiotic dr.(and patient,in my case.) Btw,i've been to ER(twice) in the last 5 days,also to the neurologist. They told me at ER,each time,that i was in no (immediate) danger of sudden death. But,something is still not right at all. Like i said,i feel like i'm about 70,because of this,instead of being closer to half that. Btw,i'm not a total idiot,& this still took me over 3 hours. WOW! It's a good thing,i got time to lay here(awake of course),and do it without being bored outta my mind. I know 1 thing,if i get better,i'm going somewhere really fun!


protonix and psoriasis flare

I've been on Protonix a little over a month; its working great on my heartburn/GERD but my psoriasis has flared badly. Could there be a connection. I've also been a little depressed. My depression has been well controlled with medication for years. Has anyone had a similar experience?


Great medication

I have taken Protonix since 2003 and don't seem to have any side affects. I read about the loss of vitamins & minerals and hope this isn't happening to me. I'm 63 and sure don't need this problem. If I stop taking this medication are there any side affects or withdrawl symptons?


google protonix false/positive or /plavix

I was given protonix had sore throat w/hoarsness and losing voice bcuz of erosion due to acid reflux/gerd. I wasnt having symptoms but was told by my ent it was happening in my sleep. 1 tablet wasnt enough so had to take 2 then was told that not enough now on 2 twice a day. I just failed urine drug screen at my pain clinic because of protonix. it causes a false positive for thc thats whats in pot. I dont smoke but got a nasty letter from them telling me they couldnt condone it being as it was illeagal and I have to quit or they can no longer give me my pain meds. I have have chronic pain due to several neck and back surgeries, fibromyalgia ect. and Im being threatend to have my meds taken away because of a med I have to take bcuz other meds for my reflux/gerd have failed me and Im told if I dont treat it continuously that I will end up with throat cancer it is so severe. I researched protonix and found that others are having the same symtoms as me, chest pains, shoulder blade pains, and anxiety and severe tiredness. Well I found that it depletes your Iron, folate, calcium, vitamins/minerals , magnesium and B12 If this is true no wonder I feel so rotten as well as many of you out there who are complaining of being so tired also. Im going to have my family dr do some blood work to check these things out. I would suggest yall doing the same. I dont know what to do as far as the protonix goes there is only one med stronger and my insurance does not cover it. If the 2 pills twice a day has not improved my condition I dont know what to do. Im disabled on a fixed income and cant afford the medication that is supposed to be stronger than protonix. If its stronger what are the side effects? Im scared to even try it with the problems im having with the protonix. my mother just had to have a 4 way bypass after a heartattack 4 months ago bcuz her 90%blockage and her 4 other blockages were 100%, 70% from 30% because it canceled out her plavix. she was on aciphex and nexium . any proton inhibitor keeps your plavix from working because it cancels it out and its just like you are not taking it. so here she made diet changes took her meds faithfully and bcuz of a proton inhibtor in 4 months she was 100% blocked she wants everyone to know. the drs dont know and the ones who do are being told by the pharmaceutical companies its only the protonix you can not take. its all proton inhibitors when you google it. just want to get the info out there so noone else has to suffer like she has the last 6months.


google protonix depletes iron/ect

I was given protonix had sore throat w/hoarsness and losing voice bcuz of erosion due to acid reflux/gerd. I wasnt having symptoms but was told by my ent it was happening in my sleep. 1 tablet wasnt enough so had to take 2 then was told that not enough now on 2 twice a day. I just failed urine drug screen at my pain clinic because of protonix. it causes a false positive for thc thats whats in pot. I dont smoke but got a nasty letter from them telling me they couldnt condone it being as it was illeagal and I have to quit or they can no longer give me my pain meds. I have have chronic pain due to several neck and back surgeries, fibromyalgia ect. and Im being threatend to have my meds taken away because of a med I have to take bcuz other meds for my reflux/gerd have failed me and Im told if I dont treat it continuously that I will end up with throat cancer it is so severe. I researched protonix and found that others are having the same symtoms as me, chest pains, shoulder blade pains, and anxiety and severe tiredness. Well I found that it depletes your Iron, folate, calcium, vitamins/minerals , magnesium and B12 If this is true no wonder I feel so rotten as well as many of you out there who are complaining of being so tired also. Im going to have my family dr do some blood work to check these things out. I would suggest yall doing the same. I dont know what to do as far as the protonix goes there is only one med stronger and my insurance does not cover it. If the 2 pills twice a day has not improved my condition I dont know what to do. Im disabled on a fixed income and cant afford the medication that is supposed to be stronger than protonix. If its stronger what are the side effects? Im scared to even try it with the problems im having with the protonix. my mother just had to have a 4 way bypass after a heartattack 4 months ago bcuz her 90%blockage and her 4 other blockages were 100%, 70% from 30% because it canceled out her plavix. she was on aciphex and nexium . any proton inhibitor keeps your plavix from working because it cancels it out and its just like you are not taking it. so here she made diet changes took her meds faithfully and bcuz of a proton inhibtor in 4 months she was 100% blocked she wants everyone to know. the drs dont know and the ones who do are being told by the pharmaceutical companies its only the protonix you can not take. its all proton inhibitors when you google it. just want to get the info out there so noone else has to suffer like she has the last 6months.


what's the best alternative to Protonix?

I've been taking Protonix since 2005. First I got samples, then when I wanted a prescription, insurance company said I had to try Aciphex and Rantidine first. I tried Rantidine (2 a day) with little results, Aciphex wasn't any better, I even used Sucralafate 3 times a day, It works great for when I've eaten something that makes my stomach burn as it coats the stomach. It doesn't prevent acid production like Protonix. Any samples I got of Protonix - it was like a miracle and the pain was all gone. by Jan 2006 Blue Cross put Protonix on the list of acceptable brand name drugs they cover. I only have to take one in the morning and only occassionally take a sucralafate. Protonix was $50 for a three month supply, then a year or so ago the price dropped to $30 for 3 month supply -- I noted the addition of the word "generic" added on the bottle label, even tho inside it was still regular Protonix... Another pharmacist said maybe the mail order pharmacy was trying to use up the brand name pills but was charging me for the generic. Hmmm. At the end of last year, the Insurance mail order co. sent me a form for my doctor to renew the prescription... but I am angry and shocked to tell you, they charged me FOUR TIMES the amout they had been charging me. looks like they've taken Protonix off their perferred list now, and didn't inform me or my doctor, nor did they tell me of the price change BEFORE charging me for it!! Why would they reduce the price, mark it generic and now take it off their list and charge me 4x the price? Did this happen to anyone else? So I'm going to have to find some other acid reducer. I'd be grateful for a generic priced alternative. I have had no health problems from taking Protonix all these years, taking 40m pill once a day - with exception to when I'm ill with stomach flu - then I have to take it twice a day as my stomach is in overload producing acid. If you're on a strong acid reducer, you have to keep something on hand (prescription) to stop vomiting if you get to that point.... because without being able to take an acid reducer, your stomach will be producing 2 to 3 times the normal acid, then you end up with an endless cycle of vomiting and producing a belly full of acid, causing more nausea. If you can't stop vomiting, you won't be able to keep any Protonix down to stop that acid. It usually causes hoarseness too, due to all the acid burning your throat. I think you're going to need a pill after reading that last paragraph! ha!:p


Started having heart attacks/ severe weakness while taking Protonix

Hello, I am 35 years old and was 32 when I had this experience.... I just wanted to let everyone know that I had been on Prilosec and Nexium for about 10 years and they worked really well for my severe acid reflux. A couple years ago I got a new doctor and he prescribed Protonix to me and at that exact same time, I started getting super weakness in my heart and bad attacks. I was so weak in my heart I thought I was going to die all day long for all three weeks that I was taking it. These attacks were so extreme that I could not go to work for those three weeks. All I could do was lay in bed feeling weak and on the very edge of death! During the three weeks I was taking this drug, I had gone to the hospital several times with feelings of severe weakness in my heart and terrible attacks of weakness, cold feverish lightheadedness and loss of appetite. Then I went back to the doctor who prescribed it to me and had an attack right there in his office and called the ambulance and when they arrived he was like yelling at them and they told me on the way to ER, that this guy was acting very unprofessionally. This doctor was new to me and I didn't trust him as I had noted very early on that he was always acting very suspicious. I later found out this guy was under investigation for malpractice, and a week or so later, that he had, out of the blue, disappeared back to his home town in Virgina due to so called family problems...yeah right! Anyway, the ER told me every thing was fine, but I knew that it was not, so I decided I was going to stop taking Protonix and thew them into the trash and never looked back. Within about 3 or 4 days I slowly started feeling better, but I think that this drug has done some damage to my heart as I have never felt right ever since. I do still to this day, believe that this drug nearly killed me. I HIGHLY DO NOT TRUST OR RECOMMEND THIS DRUG!!!


Protonix

I am over sixty years of age and have had ulcers numerous times with all the attending symtomatic side effects for over thirty years. Doctors had me on Taqamet and other supposed high potency meds with no beneficial results, only noxious side effects. I had been suffering with excruciating stomach pain with attendant acid reflux, weight loss, migrain headaches, diarhea and loss of memory, ad nauseum for the past five years and finally had to resort to 20mg of Morphine per day just to get a slight bit of rest each night. I was sure I had a massive ulcer recurrence but my Doctor examined me and said I had no ulcers but only major overproduction of gastric acid and put me on Protonix (40mg) per day with evening meal. The first night I slept like a baby and have ever since. I have not had any adverse side effects, have gained over forty pounds of weight (up to normal range), have energy that I had forgotten I could have since I was in my early twenties and feel thirty years younger. This sounds amazing -- well it is! Especially since no other medication ever gave me any measureable relief.


No Subject

i hyave been taking prtonix40mlg. once aday. it seems to have help the acid reflux, but i feel sluggish and tired all the time. and i feel sickish to my stomach, are theses common symptoms?? thanks ken


protinix

I had problems with my stomach for a year now.I have been on Zantac and Prolisec,had an ipper G.I.I was diagnosed with G.E.R.D.and H.Pylori.I have taken two rounds of antibiotics,nothing had helped.So I went back to the Doc..She said that I now have irritable bowel syndrone.She prescribed Protinix,Buspar,and Lexapro.She thinks that I also have a nervous stomach.I also feel lightheaded so I am on Meclazine,of which I don't take much.It is an as needed drug.I haven't taken the Buspar,but I have taken the Lexapro.So here's my problem that I hope some one can help me with!I now have taken Lexapro and Protinix(works great)and are having trouble sleeping,waking up with fast heart beat.sweating,feeling like I am going to die,nervousness,can't eat very much at one time.I can't stop taking the protinix because my stomach feels like it is pushing everything upwards into my chest.So should I stop taken these drugs or continue for a couple more weeks.I really need help here,I am scared.P.S I also forgot to mention that Doc.also prescribed Levsin,But with these problems I am afraid to take it.


Protonix

I've been on protonix since March 7th after an endoscopy showed an ulcer. i was told to take 1 pill an hour before a meal. I stoppped drinking coffee, no salty or spicy food any more, i don't drink so that's not a problem.This didn't help one bit, i was still nauseous and having heartburn all day.

My doctor then put me on Metoclopramide along with the protonix but the side effect were too much to handle ( sleepiness, confusion) so now i'm taking two protonix twice a day. I'll tell you no matter how many Protonix i take i'm still feeling sick but now i'm feeling bloated and having the urge to go to the bathroom.

either i need to find another doctor or he needs to put me on something that is going to help me.


Protonix

I have recently been taking Protonix for the past 4 weeks and it seems nothing has improved. I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer relative problem at the hospital because there was black stuff in my sputum and i have been feeling like i am on my period and have been burping alot and feeling nauseated. I also started taking spectracef a few days ago for another condition and that seemed like it made my stomach problems even worse! i am also having sharp back pain and abdominal pain on the left side. I am only 20 and it is making me very depressed and worried. I take xanax for anxiety and also wander if that might be affecting the ulcer. Someone if they have any input on the situation please email me and help me.


No Subject

After taking this medicine I have had strong and uncontrolable
outburst of crying and laughing. For long periods of time. Besides quit taking this RX what else can I doto stop theswe runaway emotions?


No Subject

When I have pain caused by acid reflux my Blood pressure goe's very high is this normal.I'm on Protonix. But still get Reflux attacks.


Protonix not working for me

A few years ago I was diagnosed with three duodenal ulcers. I was put on Nexium which worked for the first week, but then all the symptoms returned. I was switched to Prevacid and did wonderfully for the past two years. Now the insurance has forced me to Protonix, and all the symptoms are back. (Taking 40mg once a day so I don't know if upping the dosage will help, but it didn't with the Nexium.) Clearly we're all different. Shame the insurance companies have to genericize us, too.


Protonix

After taking Protonix, an individual submitted to an announced drug test. The urine drug test indicated a false positive for THC (marijuana). This problem is well documented. However, the gas chromatograph/mass spectometry also indicated a small amount of THC present. Is there any information regarding false positives for THC via GC/MS when Protonix is present?


protonix and high blood sugar

I have been taking Protonix (40mg)since April of this year when I went into the hospital with a heart attack, bleeding ulcers and acute renal failure. The Protonix has been taking care of my ulcers just fine but my blood sugar has sky rocketed. I have been diabetic for 31 years and my sugar has been in control. It now runs 100-150 points above normal. Has anyone else experienced this problem?


Heart problems

I was put on Protonix for a throat injury from ground fighting, I had my esophagus injured and a little acid reflux was keeping it from healing. I took Protonix for 3 weeks then I decided the side effects (my elbows were sore in the morning, I developed a bone sore in my jaw, and a mild twitch in my chest) the sore elbow and jaw got better but the twitch in my chest turned out to be my heart!

After 3 days of random 10-20 second heart flutters and mild tightness about half the day I went to the doctor. EKG was okay but when he listed to my heart he said I have an irregular extra beat and asked if I could feel it, I told him no it feels fine at the moment, but the flutter and tightness scares the hell out of me. I am 43 don't drink or smoke and am just below a professional athlete in health. I am being put on a 24 hour heart monitor tomorrow and have no clue what they can do to help me.


I will not recommend this medicine to anyone unless it's your only chance at life, as I believe it is killing me even after stopping taking it. Their website is useless for people with side effects. I called my brother two days ago and provided him will all my financial information - thats how bad this is for me.


Protonix

This stuff is great!!!!! I was in such pain and my doctor put me on Previcid with no luck. I went back and was treated by the doctor on call and he told me what the problem was and put me on Protonix. It only took 2 days to stop the pain and it has not come back. I have been on it 4 weeks.


Thinking about changing docotrs also.


Acid Reflux and H. Pylori

I am presently on Nexium as I have Acid Reflux and H. Pylori infection.
Am thinking about switching to Protonix, but am wondering if my Acid Reflux can ever be cured as long as I continue to have the H. Pylori infection.
I tried various treatments for the infection, but my body couldn't tolerate the heavy-duty drugs, so I stopped.
Am still faced with bitter sour acid reflux coming up into my throat.
Please help !!!! Nadia@catskill.net


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