Protonix decreases a ruining effect of stomach acid on mucous of esophagus and used to heal erosive esophagitis.
Common use Protonix accumulates in the tubules of parietal cells of the stomach and transforms into its active form which selectively interacts with the H+-K+-ATP-ase. Protonix inhibits this enzyme and prevents transfer of hydrogen ions from the parietal cells into the stomach cavity this way blocking the final stage of hydrochloric acid secretion. Protonix inhibits basal and stimulated (regardless type of a stimuli - acetylcholine, histamine, gastrin) secretion of hydrochloric acid. This medication is used to treat acute stage of duodenal or gastric ulcers, including those caused by treatment with anti-inflammatory non-steroid medications, gastroesophageal reflux disease (moderate and severe); Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, eradication of H. pylori in patients with a peptic ulcer to reduce the frequency of relapses.
Dosage and directions Take exactly as administered by your doctor. Usually for patients with stomach or duodenum ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease Protonix is recommended as 40 mg daily dose. Treatment continues mostly during four weeks. Combined treatment with antibiotics (amoxicillin and clarithromycin) directed eradicate H. pylori in patients with ulcers in stomach and duodenum requires Protonix 40 mg daily divided in two doses: take one tablet before breakfast and before supper, do not chew or crash it, eat it whole with a glass of water. In case you purchased Protonix oral granules take them mixed only with applesauce or apple juice to make swallowing easy. Do not use any other type of liquid or soft food for it. Do not crush, chew, or break a delayed-release tablet.
Missed dose If you missed a dose take it the soonest. If it is almost time of your next dose just skip it and return to your regular dosage schedule. Never double dose this medication to compensate the missed dose.
Overdose This medication is not expected to cause life threating side effect if it was overdosed though if you suppose that took too much of it seek for immediate medical help.
Storage Store at room temperature between 15-30 C (59-86 F) away from light and moisture, kids and pets.
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