When treating symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with Protonix, dosing recommendations normally call for taking 40 mg once daily for 8 weeks. Once erosive esophagitis has healed, your healthcare provider may recommend a dosage of 40 mg once a day to prevent the return of the condition. The recommended starting dose for people with excess acid production is 40 mg twice a day.
An Introduction to Dosing With Protonix
The dose of Protonix® (pantoprazole sodium) prescribed by your healthcare provider will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Erosive Esophagitis and GERD
The recommended dosing for adults is Protonix 40 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks for people who are suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms and are healing from erosive esophagitis. If the symptoms of GERD do not improve, your doctor may recommend GERD treatment with Protonix for another 8 weeks.
Once the erosive esophagitis is healed, the recommended daily dose of Protonix is 40 mg once a day to prevent the return of the condition.
Protonix is also approved to treat erosive esophagitis due to GERD in children age five years and older. The dosage is either 20 or 40 mg daily, depending on your child's weight. Children between 33 and 87 pounds should take 20 mg once daily, while heavier children should take 40 mg daily.
Pathological Hypersecretory Conditions
The recommended starting dose for people with excess acid production is 40 mg twice a day. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase the Protonix dosage if symptoms continue or decrease the dosage if side effects occur.