PROTONIX Reviews

Average Rating: 2.1 (617 Ratings)

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 2  Esophagitis and Acid Reflux Anxiety, Nausea, Dizziness, Constipation, Stomach Pain I still have bad heartburn as well as all of the side effects. Not sure if it is worth it. F 20 16 days
1X D
1/11/2022
 3  Erosive Esophagitis SEVERE joint pain, headaches, nausea, mouth sores and debilitating weakness. None of these side effects started until 12 months into taking this medication. I missed a whole week of work before I discontinued (pantoprazole) because I was to sore and weak to get out of bed. I am on day 4 of tapering off (with the help of Zantac) and I am almost pain free. M 29 13 months
20 1X D
1/9/2022
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 1  Stomach acid Upon taking It started with headache and brain fog and eventually led to anxiety, sound sensitivity, and loss of appetite. Lack of quality sleep, waking up constantly, and a general feeling of being unwell. Do not take this drug unless it is your very last option, do not trust doctors. Please email me for those who have gone through these symptoms and let me know how long it takes until the side effects subside. M 23 13 days
40 MG 1X AN
1/4/2022
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 1  Ulcers Unreal insomnia. Mild headache. Dizziness. Brain Fog. Ringing in ears. Anxiety. Lack of appetite. Intrusive thoughts and feelings of doom. I thought I was going crazy until I found this site. Protonix worked great at first. Insomnia was manageable at first as long as I took it early morning. Now? I sleep maybe an hour a night. I had no idea what was going on until a couple days ago when I started researching side effects and stumbled upon this site. When I was convinced I was going to die if I closed my eyes, I stopped taking this stuff. I've never had any real anxiety until now. The brain fog made me feel like a zombie. Strange intrusive thoughts from nowhere like someone took a thousand movies, chopped them up and played them back randomly in my brain. Ringing in my ears like a fire alarm. Racing heart like I'm pumped full of adrenaline. Modest headache and dizziness. You aren't crazy either. The side effects are real and you are not making them up. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. M 55 2 months
40mg 1X D
12/31/2021
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 1  Acid Reflux Headaches, muscle spasms, numbing/tingling in hands, arms, legs and feet, severe anxiety and panic attacks, fear, brain fog, light headed, dizziness.. I got sick from eating hot Cheetos.. my stomach and chest started burning so I went to the doctor and they told me it was probably acid reflux. They put me on protonix and Pepcid. The first two days I took it, I got sick and throwing up. I didn't think anything of it so I kept taking it. A week later I was referred to a GI doctor. I did a barium swallow x ray and nothing was wrong with my stomach or esophagus and she prescribed me sucralfate. So I kept taking the protonix also, after a went to the GI doctor, I noticed I was very depressed. I was having manor anxiety. My hands and feet kept tingling. I was having muscle spasms. I was having accelerated heart rate and chest pain. I honestly felt like I was having a heart attack most of the time. I wasn't acting myself at all. My mom asked me if it was my medicine making me that way, so I started googling and found these reviews and I was doing every side effect people were talking about. I've had anxiety before, but it was nothing like this. I just never assumed it was protonix causing all of this. I always kept feeling like I was going to die, that stayed in my head constantly. I always felt like something was wrong with me. Needless to say, after I googled and found these reviews, I stopped taking it the next day. I will never take this medicine again. It truly makes you have major side effects. I know everyone is different, but I do not recommend this. I‚Ä&# F 21 16 days
40 MG 1X D
12/31/2021
 1  Gastritis, GERD, Esophagitis Water retention, severe joint pain, fast heart rate Already on medication for rapid heart rate/arrhythmia - this medication pushed my resting heart rate up to 100 in one day, caused severe water retention and my entire body felt like I had fallen down a mountain. It was worse the second day. I did not take a 3rd dose. It has been 10 days since I stopped taking it and my stomach pain is worse than it was before I took the medication. Constant burning like my stomach is on fire. F 48 2 days
40mg 1X D
12/8/2021
 1   irregular heartbeat, numbness in the pinky, stress on the brain! It's going on 2 years since I took my first pill and I'm still suffering from the side effects. Please don't take this poison! We need to start a Class Action Suits against Protonix and take it off the market! M 30 14 days
40 1X D
11/13/2021
 2  Possible Ulcers Dizziness, headaches, and feeling no energy Hasn't helped my stomach pain M 31 25 days
40mg 1X D
10/18/2021
 1  GERD For the first 3 days of taking protonix I felt sleepy the whole day but was not able to sleep at night. At first I thought maybe its because Ive been having a hard time sleeping due to my recent gallbladder surgery. But I decided to stop the medication at the time being to see and it did get a little better, but my acid got worse so I started taking it again. Ive had anxiety prior to taking protonix, but it felt like it has gotten worse. First week I had mild leg pain, arm, and chest pain that also radiated on my jaw and eye (all pain started on my left side). Ive gone to the ER multiple times and talked to different doctors but none of them said anything besides it being acid reflux and anxiety, basically made me feel crazy. Then second week, Ive gotten slight headaches, my pain on my arm and leg have gotten worse and the pain have spread to my right side. Days later, my joints, hand, feet, arm, back, just overall muscles everywhere hurts so bad. I havent had much sleep at all even with melatonin. Im scared to take even one more pill of protonix or any other medication . Ive also drank Pepcid and both have gotten my anxiety through the roof, its scary. I just feel so sick so Ive stopped taking protonix now and have made an appointment to see my doctor. F 28 18 days
40mg 1X D
10/18/2021
 2  GERD Anxiety, Fatigue, Intrusive thoughts, Depression, Headaches, Stomach sensitivity I started taking 40mg Protonix beginning of June for Gastritis(I put GERD because there are more reviews under that so more people might see this) and took until about the 3rd week in August. That whole time my anxiety just got worse and worse. While the panto worked for my gastritis, it made my stomach much more sensitive to different foods, and my diet had to change completely. This resulted in me losing 30+ lbs. Anyway, in the beginning I was just having anxiety in the mornings, and thought it was just from the newly diagnosed stomach issues. It was a hard time I had to go through with the sudden diet change and feeling so weak. As time progression my anxiety just worsened. By the beginning of July I had my first panic attack in years. My dosage was eventually changed to just 20 mg a day, and that still worked, however my anxiety and depression was still there. Towards the end of July and in to August, the anxiety kind of turned it up a notch and was getting so bad I was having to rely on Xanax. I've had anxiety since 2013, but its mostly been well controlled and rarely had to take any meds for it. Around the middle of august I started getting intrusive thoughts which was really scary for me. I had never experienced anything like it before and was trying to figure out what was going on. Somehow it clicked and I realized that the day after I started taking Pantoprazol was when my anxiety got bad. Stopped taking almost 2 mo ago and still having issues M 32 3 months
40mg 1X D
10/12/2021
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 2  GERD- inflammation I was given this after my endoscopy to heal previous acid reflux that left some damage. I have found I have a very short temper, can start crying over nothing and to make things worse, I added 5 pounds on during this short time. I had been working prior to lose 10 pounds , now I need to lose 17! It seems like I'm almost gaining a pound a day. F 54 12 days
40mg 2X D
9/29/2021
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 1  GERD Tingling on face & lips, muscle spasms, jittery and shaky hands, abdominal pain, headache, bloating, sleeplessness, anxiousness, faster heart rate. Find another drug to use this one has too many negative side effects. M 58 18 days
40MG 1X D
9/28/2021
 1  Heartburn and acid reflux Tingling, pins and needles throughout my body. I have been off for 1 week. Please let me know if the symptoms go away. F 57 5 months
40 MG 1X D
9/25/2021
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 3  GERD Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, burning diarrhea at least 2 times per month. How is everyone weaning off of this horrid medication? I've tried Pepcid, tums and Rolaids but nothing seems to hell the rebound M 28 4 months
20 1X D
9/21/2021
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 1  Gastritis Anxiety, Depression, Intrusive Thoughts, Ringing in Ears, Acid Rebound, Brain Fog, Headaches. Not prescribed any other meds. I started this medication in February of 2021 for gastritis while my doctor figured out what was really wrong. I have never had a panic attack or suffered from anxiety/depression before. Approximately a month after taking this medication I began having several panic attacks a day that would manifest randomly. After 2-3 more months on this med the anxiety morphed into depression, and intrusive thoughts. I had several other side effects that developed such as brain fog, weakness, and ringing in my ears. Brain fog is horrible, feels like your walking through life in a haze and not really there at all. After months of trial and error on testing, we finally figured out that my gallbladder was working at 19% and had it removed in June 2021. My doctor wanted me to keep taking this med due to possible increased acid from gallbladder removal. I talked with my doctor about this med and how I suspected that it may have been causing all of my issues. My doctor agreed due to PPI's being known to cause B-12 and magnesium deficiency. Currently weening off and hope to be done soon. I've have started feeling better in recent weeks but still have flare ups of anxiety and hopelessness. This med works for some people, but this has made 2021 the worst year of my life. Email me if you want to know more M 25 8 months
40mg
8/23/2021
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 1  Acid reflux Headache. Insomnia. Dizziness. Weakness. My stomach is confused and full all the time. But the headache takes it all. Getting off it F 2 days
1X D
8/23/2021
 1  Gastritis Seemed to work fine the first 6 weeks, after six weeks, Severe diarrhea lasting 7 hours, accompanied with chills, cold sweat, extreme abdominal Bloating, Severe abdominal cramping, nausea, vomit F 53 65 days
20mg 1X D
8/21/2021
 1  Esophagitis/LPR/Dysphagia Severe burning diarrhea for 6 hours, insomnia, severe weakness in arms and legs, headache, feelings of doom, anxiety and panic attacks, extreme fatigue. I took this yesterday (prescribed by GI doctor after an endoscopy) and all of the symptoms I listed started hours later and are still affecting me today. I was shocked that one dose could be capable of such awful side effects, until I read here. Itís very frustrating because Iím having such difficulty swallowing ó I was hoping this would help. I have no other medical conditions, take no other medications, and have never had anxiety issues before. I know this works well for many people, but itís very scary and debilitating for the rest of us. I hope these awful side effects go away soon. F 52 1 days
40MG 1X D
7/14/2021
 1  Acid reflux Severe anxiety, insomnia, severe panic attack/nervous breakdown for no reason, getting overly upset over minor annoyances, fever, foggy-headedness, inability to focus. All within 12 hours of taking my first dose. Stopped taking it immediately. M 21 1 days
40 MG 1X D
7/4/2021
 1  Acid Reflux numbness & tingling in arms, legs, and face; hand shaking; weakness in arms; pain in the back; feel blood pumping all over body; irregular heartbeat; anxiety I took it because of acid reflux. After a day of taking it, I start feeling numbness in my left arms, then a few days spread to left leg, right arm, and face. I was also feeling I am going to die. I stopped taking it after 5 days. It is now nearly 2 weeks after stoppage, most side effects are gone, but the numbness and tingling are still there. I did ECG and a ct scan of the brain and came back normal. If anyone has similar experience, please let me know how long does it take for the side effects to go away, and what I can do to relieve these side effects? M 22 5 days
40mg 1X D
6/26/2021
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PROTONIX  (PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM):  Pantoprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. This medication relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. It helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. Pantoprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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