Pantoprazole sodium ("pantoprazole"), sold under the brand name Protonix®, is approved to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Erosive esophagitis
- Pathological hypersecretory diseases (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).
The medication comes in the form of tablets and oral granule packets, and is typically taken once or twice a day. While most people tolerate it well, side effects are possible. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with pantoprazole include abdominal pain, insomnia, headaches, and nausea.
(To read the full eMedTV article on this drug, click Pantoprazole. This article gives a more in-depth discussion, explaining how it works, what to expect in cases of overdose, and how your healthcare provider will determine your dosage.)