Compare Carafate vs. pantoprazole

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Carafate
(sucralfate)

Protonix
(pantoprazole)

Coming soon.Treats heartburn and excess release of stomach acid. Protonix (pantoprazole) is usually only taken once a day for long-lasting heartburn relief, but it can increase your risk of bone fractures if you've used it for a long time.
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Best available price for 120 (1g) tablets of sucralfate
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Best available price for 30 (40mg) tablets of pantoprazole
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Reviews for pantoprazole
68%
-68% worse vs. Carafate
51%
-51% worse vs. Carafate
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+13% better vs. Carafate
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Side effects
Carafatepantoprazole

We haven’t found good data for Carafate side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Carafate »
  • Headache 3%
  • Diarrhea 4%
  • Vomiting 2%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Joint pain 2%
More pantoprazole side effects »
How it works
Carafatepantoprazole
Coming soon.Protonix (pantoprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor. It lowers the amount of acid in your stomach which treats heartburn.
Type of medication
Carafatepantoprazole
Prescription only
Available as
Carafatepantoprazole
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Packet
Used for
Carafatepantoprazole
  • Duodenal Ulcer Disease
Risk factors for serious side effects
Carafatepantoprazole
    Coming soon.
    • Using multiple daily doses and/or for 1 year or longer
    • People age 65 or older
    • High risk of bone fractures
    • People who are being treated in the hospital
    • People with lupus
    Detailed Protonix (pantoprazole) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Food
    Carafatepantoprazole
    No food related info.
    • Unlike other proton pump inhibitors, it can be taken with or without food and have the same effectiveness.
    Kidneys and liver
    Carafatepantoprazole
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Protonix (pantoprazole) can very rarely damage your kidneys. This can happen at any time. Talk to your doctor right away if you are urinating less or have blood in the urine.
    Pain
    Carafatepantoprazole
    No pain related info.
    • Talk to your doctor if you get watery diarrhea, fever, or stomach pain that don't go away after taking Protonix (pantoprazole), which can happen even 2 months after stopping the medicine.
    Upsides and benefits
    Carafatepantoprazole
    Coming soon
    • Most people can take Protonix (pantoprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
    • Protonix (pantoprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once or twice a day.
    • You can take it with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
    • Unlike other proton pump inhibitors, it can be taken with or without food and have the same effectiveness.
    • Can be used in children age 5 or older.
    Downsides and risks
    Carafatepantoprazole
    Coming soon
    • Doesn't start working as fast as some other antacids like Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox.
    • Needs to be taken every single day for a certain period of time to be effective.
    • Like with other proton pump inhibitors, long-term use can cause weak or broken bones.
    • Only available as a prescription medicine, not over the counter.
    • Can lower the magnesium level in your body so you may need to take a supplement for it.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    Carafatepantoprazole
    Coming soon
    • Take the tablet form of Protonix (pantoprazole) with or without food.
    • The medicine should be swallowed whole and not to to be chewed or crushed.
    • Protonix (pantoprazole) takes some time to kick in, about 2.5 hours after taking it.
    • The oral suspension form needs to be prepared and then taken 30 minutes before a meal. The contents of the packet for the suspension shouldn't be crushed or chewed and be taken in apple juice or applesauce only as stated in the instructions.
    • Talk to your doctor if you get watery diarrhea, fever, or stomach pain that don't go away after taking Protonix (pantoprazole), which can happen even 2 months after stopping the medicine.
    • Using this medicine for a long period of time can increase your risk of getting weaker bones. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about this possible long-term side effect.
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