Recent studies have shown that long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (the class of drugs to which Protonix belongs) increases the likelihood of hip, spine and wrist fractures, particularly in people 50 years of age and older. Studies in animals have also revealed a risk for stomach cancer after long-term use of Protonix. The same result has not been studied in humans. As these risks tend to occur only after prolonged use, you may want to discuss short-term therapy or smaller doses of this drug with your doctor.
- Q How soon after taking Protonix (pantoprazole) will my symptoms improve?
- Q What is the suitable alternative for Protonix?
- Q Does Protonix cause knee pain?
- Q Is Protonix (pantoprazole) approved for use in children?
- Q What are the side effects of Protonix?
- Q What happens if I miss a dose of Protonix (pantoprazole)?