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What are the Common Pantoprazole Side Effects?

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Pantoprazole is the generic version of Protonix. It's used to decrease the amount of acid the stomach produces. It is typically not for use by individuals who experience very occasional problems of stomach acid but instead is for use by people who have excessive amounts of stomach acid, which in turn could cause issues such as erosive esophagitis. Some of the pantoprazole side effects, which range from mild to severe, include flatulence, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, constipation, back pain, anxiety, gastroenteritis and urinary tract infections.

Some of the more common pantoprazole side effects include flatulence and burping. Patients may also experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches and abdominal pain. Some may have an overall ill feeling.

Signs of a rare allergic reaction to the drug, which may be confused as regular side effects, can include trouble breathing, change in skin color, swelling in the face, throat and mouth, itching and tightness in the chest. Some of the rare pantoprazole side effects include gout, change in weight, chills, acne, depression and confusion. It is vital to seek medical treatment at once at the first sign of a possible allergic reaction or when experiencing any feelings or body pains that seem out of the ordinary.

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Some of the pantoprazole side effects a patient may experience include dizziness, back pain, headaches, migraines, urinary tract infections, fatigue and constipation. Other serious pantoprazole side effects include a change in heartbeat, chest pain, vision changes and unusual bleeding. Any of these side effects warrant an immediate call to a doctor.

It's important to note that some patients will experience only some of the pantoprazole side effects as opposed to all of them. They will vary by degree and type according to the person. Carefully following the doctor's instructions can possibly help relieve or prevent some of the side effects.

Although a side effect may be thought of as common, seek medical attention if any of them become severe or persist over time. If you feel different than you normally do on the medication or you experience any side effects that seem uncommon or severe, immediately get medical attention. It is best to keep track of pantoprazole side effects in a daily journal by listing the reaction, when you experienced it and what you were doing at the time. It can be a big help for the doctor as well as for yourself to understand how your body reacts to the medication.

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