Protonix® (pantoprazole sodium) is approved for many uses, including the treatment of:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Erosive esophagitis
- Pathological hypersecretory diseases (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).
As a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), Protonix works to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach by blocking acid production sites. The medication comes in the form of tablets and oral granule packets, and is typically taken once or twice a day.
Prior to starting treatment, your healthcare provider needs information on your medical history and a detailed list of any other medications you are taking, including nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements. Drug interactions with Protonix are possible, and the medication is not right for all people. Providing this information to your healthcare provider will help ensure a safe, effective treatment process.
(For more information, click Protonix. This article offers a complete overview of this medication, including side effects and available strengths.)