PROTONIX




BRAND NAMES
PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS ESOMEPRAZOLE- Nexium Delayed-Release Capsules, Nexium for Delayed-Release Oral Suspension
LANSOPRAZOLE- Prevacid, Prevacid NapraPAC, Prevacid Solutab
PANTOPRAZOLE- Pantoloc, Protonix RABEPRAZOLE- Aciphex
OMEPRAZOLE- Losec, Prilosec, Prilosec OTC, Rapinex Powder for Oral Suspension, Zegerid Capsules, Zegerid Chewable Tablets, Zegerid Powder


BASIC PROTONIX INFO
Habit forming? No
Prescription needed? Yes
Available as generic? Yes, for some
Drug class: Antiulcer agent; proton pump inhibitor


MEDICAL USES of PROTONIX
Treats gastro esophageal reflux (splashing of stomach acid from the stomach up onto the lower end of the esophagus).

- Treats ulcers in the stomach and duodenum.

- Treats any disorder associated with excess production of stomach acid (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).


MEDICAL DOSAGE & PROTONIX USAGE
How to take Protonix:

- Delayed-release and extended-release Protonix capsule: Swallow whole with liquid. Do not crush, chew or break open.

- Delayed-release oral suspension: Follow instructions on prescription.

- Immediate - release capsule: Swallow Protonix whole with water (not other liquids). Do not crush Protonix, chew or break open.

- Protonix Powder: Follow instructions on prescription.

- Protonix Tablet (enteric coated): Swallow whole with liquid. Do not crush, crumble or chew Protonix tablets.


When to take PROTONIX:

- Once daily, immediately before a meal (preferably breakfast), unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

- With once-a-day dosing, it is important to take the medicine on schedule.


If you forget a PROTONIX dose:

- Take as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, wait for next scheduled dose (don't double this dose).


What PROTONIX does:

- Stops the production of stomach acid.


Time lapse before drug works:

- Thirty minutes to 3 hours.


Don't take with:

- Any other medicine or any dietary supplement without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.


DRUG OVERDOSE
SYMPTOMS: Severe drowsiness, seizures, breathing difficulty, decreased body temperature.
PROTONIX SIDE EFFECTS

Life-threatening:

None expected.

Common PROTONIX Side Effects:

Diarrhea, stomach pain.

Infrequent PROTONIX Side Effects:

Nausea, loss of appetite, headache, heartburn, muscle pain, skin rash, drowsiness.

Rare PROTONIX Side Effects:

Weakness or unusual tiredness, sore throat and fever, sores on mouth, unusual bleeding or bruising, cloudy or bloody urine, urination changes (difficult, frequent or painful).
PRECAUTIONS

Don't take PROTONIX if:

- You are allergic to proton pump inhibitors.


Before you start PROTONIX, consult your doctor If:

- You are allergic to any medicines, foods or other substances.

- You have or have had liver disease.

- You have a stomach infection.


Over age 60:

- No special problems expected.


Pregnancy:

- Risk factors may vary for drugs in this group.


Breast-feeding:

- It is unknown if drug passes into milk. Avoid or discontinue nursing until you finish medicine.

- Consult doctor for advice on maintaining milk supply.


Infants & children:

- Lansoprazole is used in children ages 1 to 17 years.

- Esomeprazole is used in children ages 12 to 17 for the short-term treatment of gastro esophageal reflux disease.

- For other drugs in this group, consult doctor before using in children.


Prolonged PROTONIX use:

- The length of treatment can run from 4 to 8 weeks or may be indefinite. Though your symptoms may improve in 1 to 2 weeks, your doctor will determine when healing is complete.


Skin & sunlight:

- No special problems expected.


Driving, piloting or hazardous work:

- No special problems expected.


Discontinuing PROTONIX:

- Don't discontinue without consulting doctor until you complete prescribed dose, even though symptoms diminish or disappear


Others:

- Advise any doctor or dentist whom you consult that you take this medicine.

- If directed by your doctor, it is permissible and sometimes helpful to take with antacids to relieve upper abdominal pain. Antacids may be used more than once daily if needed.

- The brand name Zegerid contains sodium bicarbonate (a form of salt). If you are on a diet that restricts salt or sodium, consult your doctor before using this drug.

- May affect results of some medical tests.




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