Protonix (Pantoprazole Sodium) and/or alternatives
Please note that the country, manufacturer, and/or shipping country may vary depending on availability. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
General Information on Protonix
People suffering from severe acidity problems are advised to buy Protonix as a short-term treatment option. The chemical composition of Protonix is primarily that of Pantoprazole. Pantoprazole is a type of proton pump inhibitor or PPI drug used in the treatment of excess stomach acid production. Medical conditions such as stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal irritation from acid reflux, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome are all treated using PPI drugs such as Pantoprazole. The drug works by blocking enzymes in the stomach wall that produce acid, which in turn regulates the acidity in the stomach and allows the stomach, esophagus and other affected parts to heal.
Side Effects of Protonix
Patients prescribed Pantoprazole should be aware of all the side effects associated with this medicine before they buy Protonix. The common reactions to Protonix are mild nausea, stomach ache, gas, dizziness, headache and body aches especially in the joints. The use of Protonix may lead to magnesium deficiency. Low magnesium levels cause a variety of reactions in the body such as uneven heartbeat, jerky muscle movement, weakness in the muscles, seizures, and confusion. If you witness any of these indications, you should immediately get in touch with your doctor.
Before you buy Protonix, it is better to discuss the precautions with your doctor. There are some common precautions that apply to everyone. PPI drug usage increases the risk of broken bones, especially when taken in high doses over long periods of time. Before opting for this medicine, it would be a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of using it.
Low magnesium levels are another problem caused by the Pantoprazole in Protonix. The symptoms of magnesium deficiency or hypomagnesemia are usually muscle spasms, seizures, and an irregular heart rate. If any of these symptoms surface, your doctor should be informed and steps must be taken accordingly.
Protonix use should be periodically monitored so that any deficiencies and/or irregularities can be checked before the condition becomes serious. A lot of people are allergic to Protonix, which is why they should get tested before starting the treatment.
The recommended dosage for treating GERD is Protonix 40mg every day for four to eight weeks. Each Protonix 40 mg tablet should be administered thirty minutes before mealtime to get the maximum benefits. The tablets should be had whole and not chewed, split or crushed.
Interactions of Protoxin
Protonix, like all acid suppressants, can sometimes interfere with Vitamin B-12 absorption, which means that with regular use, a person may suffer from Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Discussing these concerns with your doctor will let you know what steps to take in order to prevent this deficiency.
Protonix is classified as a category B drug, which is not tested on pregnant ladies. However, if you are breastfeeding, you should consult your doctor before taking the drug.
Pantoprazole use reduces the absorption of ketoconazole and using Protoxin may reduce its concentration in the blood. In an opposite reaction, the concentration of digoxin is increased. Other medications, chemicals and minerals that interact with Protoxin usage are iron compounds, ampicillin, blood thinners, Atazanavir and Clopidogrel.
Before you buy Protoxin, always consult your doctor to find out how it can affect you and only then use the prescribed doses.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: All medical content is supplied by a third party company who is independent from this web site. As such, this web site can not guarantee the reliability, accuracy, and /or medical efficacy of the information provided. In all circumstances, you should seek the advice of a health professional pertaining to drug, treatment and/or medical condition advice. Note that not all products are shipped by our contracted Canadian pharmacy. This website contracts with dispensaries around the world that ship products directly to our customers. Some of the jurisdiction include but are not limited to United Kingdom, Europe, Turkey, India, Canada, Vanuatu, Mauritius, and USA. The items within your order may be shipped from any one of these jurisdiction depending on the availability and cost of the products at the time you place your order. The products are sourced from these countries as well as others. Please note that the product appearance may vary from actual product received depending on availability.
What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.