GENERIC NAME: pantoprazole
BRAND NAME: Protonix
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Pantoprazole is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which block the production of acid by the stomach. Other drugs in the same class include lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and rabeprazole (Aciphex). Proton pump inhibitors are used for the treatment of conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome that are caused by stomach acid.
What is pantoprazole?
Pantoprazole, like other proton-pump inhibitors, blocks the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid. By blocking the enzyme, the production of acid is decreased, and this allows the stomach and esophagus to heal.
The FDA approved Pantoprazole in February 2000.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Pantoprazole is approved for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), healing erosive esophagitis, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Like other PPI's it also is used for treating ulcers of the stomach and duodenum.
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