Pantoprazole

generic for Protonix

What is Pantoprazole?

Common Brand(s): Protonix IV

Pantoprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. This medication relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. It helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. Pantoprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).

The injection form of this drug is used for a short time when you cannot take the medication by mouth. When possible, your doctor should switch you to the form that is taken by mouth.

Uses

  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  • erosive esophagitis
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • acute gastric ulcer with hemorrhage
  • acute duodenal ulcer with hemorrhage
  • pathological gastric acid hypersecretory condition
  • upper GI bleed
  • heartburn
  • gastric hypersecretion with systemic mastocytosis

Usage Instructions

This medication is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. The risk of side effects goes up over time. Ask your doctor how long you should use this medication.

Storage

Store vials at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.