Pantoprazole (Protonix) is an inexpensive drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammation of the esophagus, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic form. Generic pantoprazole is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. The lowest USARX price for the most common version of pantoprazole is around $2.70, 95% off the average retail price of $66.61.
It can take several days before your stomach pain gets better. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better, or if it gets worse.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine may cause a decrease in vitamin B12. You should make sure that you get enough vitamin B12 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
unexplained weight loss
Incidence not known
Absence of or decrease in body movements
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
bloody or cloudy urine
bloody, black, or tarry stools
continuous ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
difficulty with speaking
difficulty with swallowing
dizziness or lightheadedness
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
greatly decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine
hives, itching, or skin rash
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or genitals
loss of appetite
mood or mental changes
muscle cramp, pain, or stiffness
muscle spasms (tetany) or twitching
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
sensation of spinning
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
stomach pain, continuing
swelling of the feet or lower legs
tightness in the chest
unexplained bleeding or bruising
unpleasant breath odor
unusual tiredness or weakness
vomiting of blood
yellow eyes or skin
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
bloated or full feeling
excess air or gas in the stomach or bowels
Incidence not known
Increased watering of the mouth
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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