pantoprazole delayed-release - oral, Protonix (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking pantoprazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (e.g., lansoprazole, omeprazole); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: severe liver disease, poorly controlled diabetes, other stomach problems (e.g., tumors).Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition. Tell your doctor immediately if you have: heartburn combined with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest pain or shoulder/jaw pain (especially with trouble breathing), pain spreading to arms/neck/shoulders, unexplained weight loss.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.Pantoprazole passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.This drug should not be used with the following medications because a very serious interaction may occur: atazanavir, nelfinavir.If you are currently using either of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting pantoprazole.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: warfarin.Some products need stomach acid so that the body can absorb them properly (such as ampicillin, iron supplements, calcium supplements, dasatinib, azole antifungals including ketoconazole). Pantoprazole decreases stomach acid, so it may change how well these other products work. Before using pantoprazole, consult your doctor or pharmacist about the other medications you take and for advice on how to reduce or avoid these types of interactions.This medication may affect the results of certain lab tests (e.g., urine test for tetrahydrocannabinol-THC). Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
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