Side effects of Protonix include dizziness, diarrhea, headache, joint pain and stomach cramps, according to WebMD. Severe side effects of this medicine include acute liver failure, depression, bronchospasm, reduced white blood cells and hepatitis. This is, however, not a complete list of side effects associated with Protonix.
Protonix treats erosive esophagitis, or esophageal damage that is brought about by stomach acid, states Drugs.com. This medication also treats other conditions related to excess stomach acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Protonix does not relieve heartburn right away.
Patients who are allergic to any benzimidazole medicine, such as albendazole and mebendazole,, should not use Protonix. Patients who are allergic to pantaprazole or similar drugs, such as esomeprazole, omeprazole and rabeprazole, should also not use this medication, explains Drugs.com. Lactating mothers should not take Protonix as it can seep into breast milk and cause harm to a nursing child. Patients should not take Protonix along time with atazanavir or nelfinavir. Patients using these drugs for the treatment of HIV or AIDS should inform a doctor.
Patients with severe liver problems, low blood magnesium, osteopenia or osteoporosis should inform a doctor before taking Protonix, states Drugs.com. This medication may increase a person's chances of bone fracture. Pregnant women and those planning to get pregnant should also inform a doctor. The use of this drug should only be as per the labels instructions or as directed by a doctor. Patients must take Protonix for the entire prescription period.