Pantoprazole(also known as Protonix, Protium or Pantoloc) is the drug used to treat acidreflux, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and also ulcerations and erosion ofesophagus in gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). It can be also prescribed as the treatmentfor intestinal or stomach ulcers.
This drugbelongs to the group of medications called proton pump inhibitors, which allwork by inhibiting secretion of gastric acid. By decreasing the amount ofgastric acid, pantoprazol (and other drugs from the same group) are able torelieve unpleasant and painful symptoms such as heartburn, sleeping problemsand chromic coughing.
Pantoprazoleis rarely reported to cause side effects in patients prescribed with this drug.Statistics reveal that only 1% of all patients treated with Pantoprazoleexperience unwanted effects. These are mostly patients with weakened immunesystem, because they are more likely to suffer from side effects of thismedication.
Most commonlyreported side effects of Pantoprazole are headaches, nausea, vomiting and sleepingproblems. Diarrhea can also be one of the unwanted and unpleasant adverse effectsof this medication, as well as sore throat and inflammation and irritation ofnasal passages. Sometimes, people may experience symptoms similar to the flu,migraine headaches, coughing or bronchitis and other respiratory tractinfections. Breathing problems, tightness in the chest or heart beat problemsmay also be linked to Pantoprazole.
Although thisdrug is used to relieve heartburn, some of the patients treated withPantoprazole reported indigestion, abdominal pain, constipation and even gastroenteritis.Excessive burping and gasses can also be associated with the use of this drug.
Changes inthe color of urine (dark urine), and urinary tract infections could also beprovoked by the use of Pantoprazole. There is also possibility that the drugmay affect sugar level and cause its increase as the side effect.
Malfunction ofthe liver, lack of energy and strength, weakness, pain in various parts of thebody (including the neck, back, joints and chest) are commonly reported adverseeffects. Skin of these patients may become yellow, peel off or form blisters or bruises. Eye problems, such as blurred vision or yellowing of theeyes are also present in some Pantoprazole patients.
Certain numberof patients treated with Pantoprazole might develop allergic reaction to thedrug. These people can suffer from skin rashes, fever and chills. Swelling ofthe mouth, lips or even hands and feet is also reported as the side effect of Pantoprazole.
Anxiety ispotential mental problem connected with the use of this medication as well.
Pantoprazolecan also lead to some serious medical conditions, including: hepatitis,jaundice, gout, arthritis, angina pectoris, congestive heart failure, vertigo,tinnitus, hypertension, etc.