Protonix is a member of the family of drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors, most often prescribed in dosages of Protonix 40 mg for use in medical treatment programs that result from excessive production of stomach acids within the body. The more common ailment associated with this drug, whose active ingredient is pantoprazole, is GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is also used for other disorders including esophagitis and ulcers.
Protonix Pill Form
The Protonix dosage will vary, depending on the type of medical condition, the severity of the disorder, and the patients past medical history and possible reactions to the prescribed medication. Typically, the drug is ingested orally by one of two methods. Pantoprazole 40 mg time released pill form is often prescribed to adults for daily ingestion for up to eight weeks. In children, the dosage is often decreased to Protonix 25 mg or the same duration.
Protonix Granule Form
The second option is a granule form of Protonix that is mixed with fruit juice. In both methods, the medication can be taken before or after meals, but the mixture of granules and fruit juice should be completely ingested within 10 minutes of preparation for optimum effect. Always rinse the glass that contained your Protonix 40 mg granules with a bit of water and then drink this final mixture to ensure that the entire amount has been taken.
Intravenous Form (Protonix IV)
This is a newer method of ingesting this prescription drug. The pantoprazole 40 mg can be injected directly into the blood stream with a syringe. Extra precautions should be taken when any form of self-injection is administered. Talk to your prescribing physician or nurse practitioner for the safest methods for your intravenously administered Protonix dosage.