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Reviews for Pantoprazole to treat GERD
Review by rv Rob:
Protonix (pantoprazole): I have taken for about 7 years now. I never had stomach problems but got what they thought was an ulcer, later endoscopy showed no ulcer, but signs of Barrett's esophagus. I also had hoarse voice, especially in the morning. Ph study pointed to GERD. Long story short, no more hoarseness. Subsequent scopes show no signs of esophagus damage. Now for the bad. Very rarely, when I eat fast, I do get choking sensations that I did not ever have before. Also, if I run out of the medicine and/or miss a dose or two, wicked bad heartburn. Never had heartburn before. As long as I stay on it I am good.
Protonix (pantoprazole): Started taking this about 8 years ago after developing an ulcer from taking Aleve.
Was fine for a few years, with only flatulance and loose bowel movements. For the last 3 years, I started developing asthma symptoms (phlegm in throat and lungs, coughing). Stopping Protonix cleared it up. Took 1 pill again and the asthma started again. Too bad, I really liked this medication.
pantoprazole: Overall an exceptional medicine with perfect symptom control UNTIL I received the generic put out by a manufacturer in INDIA. Symptoms returned immediately, and pharmacy replaced the remaining pills immediately on reporting my experience.
Protonix (pantoprazole): This was not effective in reducing acid. Four days after stopping Nexium and starting Protonix the heartburn started and I had to take Gaviscon. I had a 3 month supply so I kept taking it and ended up with a swollen, painful esophagus and difficulty swallowing with vomiting. I stopped taking Nexium because my insurance no longer would cover it.
14 users found this comment helpful.
Protonix (pantoprazole): Worked at first to bring heartburn/acid re-flux under control, however I had to stop taking it because it started causing severe stomach & abdominal pain. Now control through diet & Tums EX. The pain from the Protonix side effect was terrible when it started happening.
16 users found this comment helpful.
pantoprazole: Before taking pantoprazole I experienced burning in the center and left of my chest day and night. Now, I am symptom free regardless of diet. I have also lost 61 pounds since then, so my weight loss may have contributed as well, however even before weight loss I was symptom free.
Protonix (pantoprazole): I only discovered I had GERD from an endoscopy. I've always had a horrible stomach, but recently had a constant sore throat. The Protonix worked wonders! But then I noticed I was constipated and had a huge appetite. I briefly switched medicines but went back to Protonix. It was when I started taking it again and had two abdominal exams that I realized my liver was enlarged. The doctors immediately dismissed it since I've had my gallbladder removed. They said it was scar tissue. My daughter has eosinophilic colitis so I'm really just focused on her gastrointestinal care, but at my next follow up I will address the issue. I did cut out milk/dairy from my diet and that seemed to help as much as the medicine!
pantoprazole: Finally got relief from constant burning sensation in my esophagus after 3.5 months. It took 23 days before feeling totally fine. Tried Prilosec and Esophaguard from Life Extension prior to using this prescription. I also stopped drinking coffee and wine, stopped taking Actonel for bones because after 4 years, it contributed to the heartburn also. I had to change my calcium intake with Calcium Citrate instead of carbonate so that it could be absorbed.
Protonix (pantoprazole): If you don't get ahead of an attack, this pill won't work. I have been on it for years now and have had little problem with it until it didn't work one weekend so I doubled up on it and ended up in the hospital a week later with seizure due to hypomagnesia (or however you say lack of magnesium). Make sure you are getting all your electrolytes when taking proton pump inhibitors.
29 users found this comment helpful.
pantoprazole: I have used "Protonix" for years, and consider it quite the miracle pill at preventing my heartburn and reflux. My most recent refill was the generic and now I regularly wake up at night with heartburn.
pantoprazole: I have found out how great this medicine does work for my condition, since I was out of it for about 8 days. Every time it comes to renew my prescription, I have a hassle with my insurance company wanting to approve payment for having to take 2 40MG tablets a day. Then, the pharmacy didn't have the amount prescribed after getting the insurance approval with the insistence of my doctor, but finally gave me a small amount yesterday until the full amount of my prescription can be met. While without the medicine, I experienced the nausea effects in the evening/night and some minor acid-reflux issues and burning in the chest. By the 5th day of being totally without any medicine for this, the acid-reflux/GERD issues returned full blown.
Protonix (pantoprazole): Protonix totally eliminates my throat pain, hoarseness, reflux, etc. After 6 years my insurance decided not to cover it so for the last few months, I've been on several other medicines and they just don't work. My doctor is trying to convince them I need the Protonix. Wish me luck.
22 users found this comment helpful.
pantoprazole: This is a miracle medicine. Towards the end of my pregnancy my acid reflux was truly just unbearable. This is the only thing that has helped me. I can sleep and eat again, and not randomly choke on acid through the day.
Protonix (pantoprazole): I was recently diagnosed with GERD. Of course this was after a trip to the hospital thinking I was having heart problems.
The Doc put me on Protonix and after about 1 week it's as if my life was back to normal. Unfortunately, my insurance doesn't cover it any more so I gave it a "9" instead of a "10" rating for this alone. With many generic others costing only $5 for 60 days.
Anyway, I suggest that if you do try it, give it a few days to work.
27 users found this comment helpful.
Protonix (pantoprazole): My gall bladder was acting up and the pain was terrible. I took a Protonix as soon as I got out of the doctors office (with a sandwich and doctor pepper) about 15 seconds later I was burping like CRAZY. Viola!! The pain subsided considerably in less than 3 minutes. AN hour later it was like I never even had the pain! I felt MUCH, MUCH better.
15 users found this comment helpful.
Protonix (pantoprazole): I've tried everything nothing worked. I had both an ulcer and acid reflux. Protonix worked the day I got it. One of the pharmacies tried to use generic and I had all the symptoms all over again. Doctor found out about the generic brand, fixed the problem with the real Protonix. Problem solved. Protonics is the answer for me.
25 users found this comment helpful.
Protonix (pantoprazole): I've had years of GERD without any food triggers and daily heartburn. Protonix was a dream! It is, however, very expensive. My insurance had it on its drug list and dropped it this year. A 30 day supply is $120! I've had to switch to Nexium.
19 users found this comment helpful.
pantoprazole: The best thing that ever happened to me as far as medication is concerned. I have been on this for 7 years after a lifetime of Rennies and similar unhelpful "blanks". I have never had a problem since starting on pantoprazole.
Protonix (pantoprazole): I had the worst side effects with Protonix. I took it for 15 days and experienced increased anxiety and heart palpitations. I also had dizziness, nausea and insomnia. Going off of it took 6 days to feel somewhat normal.
48 users found this comment helpful.
Protonix (pantoprazole): I tried EVERY over the counter gastric acid reliever on the planet and nothing worked. Then I got my doctor to prescribe Protonix and never had any problems after that. I was very pleased.
31 users found this comment helpful.
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