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How much does a visit to get a Pantoprazole prescription cost?

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Get $30 off every visit, free meds, and unlimited care support - for you and your family.
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Free meds and delivery
We cover 300+ meds with free delivery. Check our covered meds and FAQ
Includes your family
Get discounted visits and free meds & delivery for all your family members.
On-demand care support  
Chat with our care support whenever necessary. They are here for you 24/7.
24/7 virtual visits
See a board-certified clinician within 15 minutes. No insurance needed.
Get doctor’s notes
Get a doctor’s excuse and/or clearance for your school or work if needed.
100% treatment guarantee
You can get a refund after your first visit if we are unable to provide care.
Urgent Care
Visit
One-time urgent care visit for diagnosis, treatment, Rx, and doctor’s notes.
$79/visit
24/7 virtual visits
See a board-certified clinician within 15 minutes. No insurance needed.
Get doctor’s notes
Get a doctor’s excuse and/or clearance for your school or work if needed.
100% treatment guarantee
You can request a refund after your visit if we are unable to provide care.
On-demand care support  
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¹Having a visit does not guarantee a medication will be ordered or refilled. It is clinicians’ professional decision. It is prohibited by law to prescribe or refill controlled substances via virtual visits. ²Your provider may recommend follow-up care, including additional services that may not be included in visit price.

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Pantoprazole (Generic Protonix)

What Is Pantoprazole?

Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that directly tackles problems with excessive stomach acid. This can include a range of conditions such as GERD or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. 

You will find this medication under the brand name Protonix, and it is available in three main forms: 

  • Oral tablets
  • Oral liquid
  • IV

How Does Pantoprazole Work?

Protonix – or Pantoprazole – works by decreasing the levels of acid in your stomach. As a member of the PPI family, it does this by inhibiting the cells in your stomach that pump acid into it. 

This leads to lower levels of stomach acid which can prevent a whole assortment of symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and more. 

What Is Pantoprazole Used For?

Pantoprazole is widely used to treat the symptoms of GERD. This condition happens when excess stomach acid flows back into the esophagus and causes irritation. It can lead to the following symptoms: 

  • Heartburn
  • Sore throat
  • Swallowing issues
  • Vomiting 
  • Regurgitation
  • Abdominal and chest pain
  • Persistent cough

Alongside this, Pantoprazole is used to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This is a rare digestive disorder that affects the small intestine and leads to excess stomach acid production. 

What Are The Side Effects Of Pantoprazole?

The side effects of Pantoprazole vary from mild to severe. Here are some of the mild and most common side effects you may experience: 

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Individuals who report these side effects usually state that they go away within a few days or weeks. They aren’t a major cause for concern, but if they persist for numerous weeks or start to get worse, you should speak to a medical professional and stop taking Pantoprazole. 

As well as the mild side effects there are some severe ones you should keep an eye out for: 

  • Broken bones
  • Stomach polyps
  • Allergic reactions
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Lups
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Kidney pain

When any of these signs are present, you should immediately stop taking Pantoprazole and seek medical assistance. 

How Do You Take Pantoprazole?

Pantoprazole comes in various forms but it is commonly prescribed as an oral tablet. Your doctor will decide on the strength of the tablet based on your symptoms and needs. This also determines your daily dose, but all of this will be outlined when you obtain your prescription. 

We strongly advise reading the information sheet that comes with your Pantoprazole tablets as this also contains extra info on dosages and what medications may interact with this drug. 

The general guidelines for taking Protonix are to swallow the tablets whole, with or without food. Keep taking your dose as prescribed by your doctor unless you see any negative side effects. If your symptoms don’t change and you’re still experiencing issues with high levels of stomach acid, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor and they may prescribe a higher dose.

 

For more detailed information about Pantoprazole, you can refer to the following sources:

 

The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC 

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Frequently asked questions

  • The most common side effects of Pantoprazole are headaches, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and joint pain.

  • While taking Pantoprazole, you should avoid the following:

    • Alcohol – Drinking alcohol can worsen stomach issues and interact with pantoprazole.
    • Excessive caffeine – Caffeine can irritate the stomach lining.
    • Some foods – High-fat foods, acidic foods and spicy foods should be avoided as all of them can exacerbate symptoms of GERD.
    • Smoking – Smoking can reduce the effectiveness of pantoprazole by stimulating acid production, making symptoms worse.
    • Other medication – You should avoid medication like other acid reducers, blood thinners and some antifungal medication.

    The list above is in no way exhaustive, so make sure to always consult your doctor before taking any substances while taking pantoprazole.

  • Pantoprazole starts to reduce stomach acid within a few hours, but you should start to notice a real difference within 2 to 3 days given you use it consistently and take the medication as prescribed. The full benefits might not be noticeable for several weeks.

  • The dosage will vary depending on the medical condition being treated and several other factors. But generally for GERD the starting dosage is 40 mg once daily for up to 8 weeks.

    Your doctor may decide that you need an alternate dosage depending on your specific situation. It’s important to follow the instructions provided by your doctor and never take more than what is prescribed.

  • Yes, you need a prescription from your doctor to get Pantoprazole. You can also obtain an online prescription safely and conveniently with the DrHouse app. We provide on-demand virtual consultations with board-certified doctors who are ready to assess your symptoms, diagnose any potential issues, and prescribe medication if needed.

  • No, Pantoprazole is not available over-the-counter. It’s a prescription medication and you need to obtain it from your doctor or through an online consultation with one of our doctors at the DrHouse app.

  • Yes, you can get Pantoprazole online through the DrHouse app.

  • To get an online prescription for Pantoprazole, you will need to download the DrHouse app, create an account, and fill out a short questionnaire about your medical history. 

    When completed, you can have a virtual consultation with one of our doctors who will assess your symptoms and decide whether or not to prescribe Pantoprazole. If it is determined that the medication is right for you, they will then provide you with your prescription. 

    Once you have your prescription, you can get it filled at any pharmacy that is convenient for you or have it delivered directly to your home.