Protonix (generic name: pantoprazole; brand names include: Pantosec / Pantopan / Protium / Pantozol / Pantor / Pantoloc / Astropan / Controloc / Pantecta / Inipomp / Ulcepraz) is a type of medicine called a proton pump inhibitor, or PPI, which helps maintain a lower level of acid in the stomach.
Protonix is used to treat and maintain healing of erosive acid reflux disease, also known as erosive GERD (breaks in the lining of the esophagus), and relieve associated symptoms that may include frequent and persistent heartburn and stomach acid backup.
Protonix helps to control nighttime heartburn and other symptoms associated with erosive GERD.
Most patients heal within 8 weeks of treatment. Doctors may prescribe Protonix beyond 8 weeks to maintain healing or to prevent a recurrence of your symptoms.