A prescription medication, Protonix® (pantoprazole sodium) is licensed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), erosive esophagitis, and pathological hypersecretory conditions.
Protonix is a type of proton pump inhibitor that works by blocking acid production sites in the stomach. A decrease in stomach acid can help relieve heartburn and other GERD symptoms. It can also give the esophagus, the stomach, and the intestines time to heal.
The medicine comes in the form of tablets and oral granules. It is typically taken once or twice a day, depending on the particular condition being treated. Protonix tablets can be taken with or without food, but the granules should be taken 30 minutes before a meal.
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