Tablets: 40 milligrams.
Protonix is prescribed for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Protonix is indiacted for treating ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, and the Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.
For GERD the recommended dose for adults is 40 milligrams daily for 4-8 weeks.
It generally is recommended that tablets be taken approximately 30 minutes
prior to meals for maximal effectiveness. Tablets should be swallowed whole
and should not be crushed, split or chewed.
Protonix blocks the production of stomach acid. It is prescribed to heal a condition called erosive esophagitis (a severe inflammation of the passage to the stomach) brought on by a persistent backflow of stomach acid (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Later, it may be prescribed to maintain healing and prevent a relapse. It is also prescribed in the treatment of conditions marked by constant overproduction of stomach acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.
Protonix is a member of the "proton pump inhibitor" class of acid blockers, which includes AcipHex, Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid.
The usual dose is 40 mg once a day for up to 8 weeks. If your esophagus hasn't healed in that time, your doctor may prescribe an additional 8-week course of therapy. The same dose is prescribed to maintain healing.
Overproduction of Stomach Acid
The usual starting dose is 40 mg twice a day. The doctor may increase the dose if necessary. Doses as high as 240 mg per day have been used. Treatment may continue for years.
Protonix like other PPIs is well-tolerated.
The most common side effects are:
- Abnormal heartbeat;
- Leg cramps;
- Muscle pain;
- Water retention;
Protonix side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Abdominal Pain;