Pantoprazole(also known as Protonix, Protium or Pantoloc) is the drug used to treat acid reflux, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and also ulcerations and erosion of esophagus in gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). It can be also prescribed as the treatment for intestinal or stomach ulcers.
This drug belongs to the group of medications called proton pump inhibitors, which all work by inhibiting secretion of gastric acid. By decreasing the amount of gastric acid, pantoprazol (and other drugs from the same group) are able to relieve unpleasant and painful symptoms such as heartburn, sleeping problems and 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 Pantoprazole experience unwanted effects. These are mostly patients with weakened immune system, because they are more likely to suffer from side effects of thismedication.
Most commonly reported side effects of Pantoprazole are headaches, nausea, vomiting and sleeping problems. Diarrhea can also be one of the unwanted and unpleasant adverse effects of this medication, as well as sore throat and inflammation and irritation of nasal passages. Sometimes, people may experience symptoms similar to the flu, migraine headaches, coughing or bronchitis and other respiratory tract infections. Breathing problems, tightness in the chest or heart beat problems may also be linked to Pantoprazole.
Although this drug is used to relieve heartburn, some of the patients treated with Pantoprazole reported indigestion, abdominal pain, constipation and even gastroenteritis. Excessive burping and gasses can also be associated with the use of this drug.
Changes in the color of urine (dark urine), and urinary tract infections could also be provoked by the use of Pantoprazole. There is also possibility that the drug may affect sugar level and cause its increase as the side effect.
Malfunction of the liver, lack of energy and strength, weakness, pain in various parts of the body (including the neck, back, joints and chest) are commonly reported adverse effects. Skin of these patients may become yellow, peel off or form blisters or bruises. Eye problems, such as blurred vision or yellowing of the eyes are also present in some Pantoprazole patients.
Certain number of patients treated with Pantoprazole might develop allergic reaction to the drug. These people can suffer from skin rashes, fever and chills. Swelling of the mouth, lips or even hands and feet is also reported as the side effect of Pantoprazole.
Anxiety is potential 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.