Facts about Protonix side effects

Protonix side effects :
a look at Purpose, Use and Impact

Protonix (Pantoprazole) is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. It is used for short-term treatment of heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus) caused by backward flow of acid from the stomach. It decreases the amount of acid made in the stomach.

Protonix side effects and interactions

In deciding to Protonix, the risks must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For pantoprazole, the following should be considered:

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to pantoprazole. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.

Pantoprazole has not been studied in pregnant women. However, studies in animals have shown that pantoprazole causes problems. Before taking this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.

It is not known whether pantoprazole passes into human breast milk. Since unwanted Protonix side effects have been observed in animals, it may be necessary for you to take another medicine or to stop breast-feeding during treatment. Be sure you have discussed the risks and benefits of the medicine with your doctor.

Studies on Protonix have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing the use of pantoprazole in children with use in other age groups.

This medicine has been tested and has not been shown to cause different Protonix side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription medicine.

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of pantoprazole. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially liver disease. This condition may cause pantoprazole to build up in the body.

Observed Protonix side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Protonix side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Less Commonly Observed

Abdominal or stomach pain; blistering, loosening, peeling, or redness of skin; bull's eye-like rash on skin; changes in facial skin color; chest pain; diarrhea ; difficulty in speaking; difficulty in urinating; discoloration, itching, numbness, pain, or redness at place of injection; fast or irregular breathing; increased frequency and volume of urination; infection; large, hive-like swellings on eyelids, face, lips, mouth, and/or tongue; loosening and/or stripping off of top layer of skin; loss of appetite; loss of vision (sudden); nausea; painful urination; pain in joints or muscles; puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes; shortness of breath, troubled breathing, tightness in chest, and/or wheezing; skin rash, hives, and itching; skin tenderness with burning; unusual tiredness or weakness; unusual thirst; vomiting; yellow eyes or skin.

Other Protonix side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any you experience sustained headache for a prolonged period or the following less common Protonix side effects:

Aching, fullness, or tension in sinuses; anxiety; back pain; belching ; blurred vision; chills ; confusion; constipation ; cough; difficulty in moving ; dizziness; drooling; feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings; flatulence; hoarseness; indigestion; loss of energy or strength ; migraine headache; muscle rigidness or stiffness; neck pain; pain; rectal problems; ringing or buzzing in the ears; runny or stuffy nose ; sensation of spinning; sneezing; sore throat; trouble in sleeping.

Other Protonix side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

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