- up to 8 weeks for the healing and symptom relief of acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus (called erosive esophagitis or EE). Your doctor may prescribe another 8 weeks of PROTONIX in patients whose EE does not heal.
- maintaining healing of EE and to help prevent the return of heartburn symptoms caused by GERD. It is not known if PROTONIX is safe and effective when used for longer than 12 months for this purpose.
- the long-term treatment of conditions where your stomach makes too much acid. This includes a rare condition called Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.
- up to 8 weeks for the healing and symptom relief of EE.
It is not known if PROTONIX is safe if used longer than 8 weeks in children.
- allergic to pantoprazole sodium, any other PPI medicine, or any of the ingredients in PROTONIX. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients.
- taking a medicine that contains rilpivirine (EDURANT, COMPLERA, ODEFSEY, JULUCA) used to treat HIV-1 (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
- have low magnesium levels in your blood.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. PROTONIX may harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant during treatment with PROTONIX.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. PROTONIX can pass into your breast milk. Talk with your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take PROTONIX.
- Take PROTONIX exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
PROTONIX delayed-release tablets (PROTONIX tablets):
- Do not split, chew, or crush PROTONIX tablets.
- Swallow PROTONIX tablets whole, with or without food.
- Tell your doctor if you are not able to swallow your PROTONIX tablet.
- You may use antacids while taking PROTONIX tablets.
- Do not split, chew, or crush PROTONIX for oral suspension.
- Take PROTONIX for oral suspension about 30 minutes before a meal.
- PROTONIX for oral suspension should only be given by mouth mixed in apple juice or applesauce or through a nasogastric (NG) tube or gastrostomy tube mixed in apple juice. Do not mix PROTONIX for oral suspension in liquids other than apple juice or foods other than applesauce.
- Do not divide a packet of PROTONIX for oral suspension to make a smaller dose.
- See the "Instructions for Use" at the end of this Medication Guide for instructions on how to mix and take PROTONIX for oral suspension by mouth in applesauce or apple juice or how to mix and give the suspension through an NG tube or gastrostomy tube mixed in apple juice.
- If you miss a dose of PROTONIX, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time.
- If you take too much PROTONIX, call your doctor or your poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away or go to the nearest emergency room.