Pantoprazole (Protonix)

Pantoprazole (Protonix®) is a medicine that is used to decrease the amount of acid that is made by the stomach. It may be used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux (GER or GERD), and heartburn. It is available as a delayed-release tablet, or as an injection.

Your pharmacy may also be able to make a liquid for your child.

  • Do not crush or chew the tablets. Your child should swallow the tablet whole. The drug may not work if the capsule or tablet is crushed or chewed.
  • Some patients who cannot swallow tablets may be able to take a liquid form of pantoprazole prepared by the pharmacy. This form may be given through a G-tube, NG-tube, or J-tube.
  • This medicine can be taken with or without food. Antacids may be taken with pantoprazole if your child's doctor instructs you to give them.
  • Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.
  • If too much medication is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111, 1-800-222-1222, or your child's doctor right away.
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Back or joint pain
  • Cough or chest pain
  • Sore throat or fever
  • Skin rash
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Pain or problem urinating
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Coughing up blood
  • Dark or black colored stools

Last Updated 12/2013