What is Protonix (pantoprazole sodium)?
Pantoprazole sodium (generic name) is a type of prescribed medication known as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that is used in treatment programs that require the reduction of stomach acid production within the body. The brand name for this medication is Protonix or Protonix IV. By blocking the enzyme within the stomach wall lining that producing these acids, the production of the excess acid is diminished, allowing for the esophagus and stomach to properly heal.
The more common physical disorder where Pantoprazole sodium is prescribed is for GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. This ailment has symptoms that cause the patients to want to burp excessively and can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing for the patient. The increased gas caused by the overproduction of stomach acids leads to this condition.
Protonix IV can also be effective for the medical treatment of other disorders of the stomach, including ulcers and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. In most cases, this medication is considered safe when used with other medications for other physical ailments. In cases where Nizoral or Lanoxin are also being prescribed, their effectiveness can be significantly decreased or may lead to enhanced toxicity effects in the body. Always make your physician aware of other currently prescribed medications.
Pantoprazole sodium may result in some minor side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, constipation, vomiting and headaches, but these are shown to subside within the first few days of treatment. Other side effects such as dizziness, irregular heartbeat, fatigue, cramping, water retention or nervousness have been known to occur on occasion, but are considered very rare.