Drug Uses
Protonix is used for short–term treatment (7–10 days) of severe inflammation and erosion of the esophagus due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, or stomach contents rising back into the esophagus) in adults. Protonix is also used to treat certain conditions associated with Zollinger–Ellison syndrome and similar conditions.

How Taken
Use Protonix as directed by your doctor. To avoid stomach upset take Protonix with a meal. Protonix should not be taken within 4 hours of imidazoles (eg, ketoconazole).

Warnings/Precautions
Before taking Protonix, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Protonix, if you have liver problems, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding. If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Protonix during pregnancy. It is unknown if Protonix is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast–feeding while you are using Protonix, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. Some medicines may interact with Protonix. Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement that you are taking. Protonix may affect the results of certain lab tests (eg, false positive urine screen for THC/marijuana). Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use Protonix. Lab tests, such as liver function, may be performed to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments. Protonix is not recommended for use in children. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.

Missed Dose
If you miss a dose of Protonix, contact your doctor for further instruction. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are- Constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, indigestion, nausea, pain and swelling at the injection site, runny nose, sleeplessness, stomach pain. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately- allergic reactions (rash, hives, difficulty breathing, and tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), chest pain.

Storage
Store Protonix as directed by you doctor. Keep Protonix out of the reach of children.

Overdose
If overdose is suspected seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms of Protonix overdose are- blurred vision, confusion, drowsiness, dry mouth, excessive sweating, flushing, headache, nausea, rapid heartbeat, vomiting.

More Information
Protonix may cause dizziness. These effects may worsen if Protonix is taken with alcohol or certain other medications. Use Protonix with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this drug. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, contact your doctor. Protonix should be used only by the patient for whom it has been prescribed. Do not take less or more or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Disclaimer
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