Protonix is an effective medication intended to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems like acid reflux by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Llc (Pfizer Inc), the leading pharmaceutical company manufactures this medicine. It is made available for oral administration in a dosage of 20 mg. It has active ingredient Pantoprazole Sodium.
Manufacturer: Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Llc (Pfizer Inc)
Active Ingredient: The active component of this medicine is Pantoprazole Sodium. It is an active component belongs to a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. It shows an antacid activity. It is a lipophilic weak base that crosses the parietal cell membrane and enters the acidic parietal cell canaliculus. It also produces the active metabolite sulphenamide, which forms an irreversible covalent bond with two sites on the gastric parietal cell to inhibit both basal and stimulated gastric acid production. It treats erosion and ulceration of the esophagus induced by gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is used as maintenance therapy for long term use after an initial response is obtained.
Indications: Pantoprazole composed of medicine is indicated to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems like acid reflux. It decreases the amount of acid the stomach makes. Protonix relieves symptoms like heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. This helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus that prevents ulcers and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. This is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
It is also used to treat erosive esophagitis in adults and children who are at least 5 years old. This drug is usually recommended for up to 8 weeks at a time while esophagus heals.
Action Mechanism: This proton-pump inhibitor blocks the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid. Protonix drug works by blocking the enzyme, it induces the production of acid is decreased, and this allows the stomach and esophagus to heal.
Dosages: This proton-pump inhibitor medication is available in a dosage as given below:
- 20 mg: It is a delayed-release tablet shall be taken once a day as directed by the doctor, do not go against it
Note: This drug may also make it harder for the body to absorb vitamin B-12, which leads to a deficiency of this vitamin.