Compare Nexium vs. pantoprazole
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Nexium (esomeprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief but has some risks if used long term.
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.
- Most people can take Nexium (esomeprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
- Nexium (esomeprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once a day.
- You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need quicker relief.
- Nexium (esomeprazole) is inexpensive, with over-the-counter and generic options.
- Coupons are available for the brand name - speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
- The packet form is a good option if you have trouble swallowing pills.They can be mixed with water for easier swallowing.
- 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.
- Doesn't start working right away like antacids (Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox).
- It can take several days or weeks to start feeling benefits.
- May not be the best choice for patients 65 years of age and older due to risk of bone fractures and severe diarrhea.
- 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.
- H. Pylori bacterial infection
- Prevention and treatment of NSAID-induced gastric ulcers
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- Stomach pain6%
- Joint pain3%
- Severe diarrhea
Being treated at a hospital
- Bone fractures
High dose Nexium (esomeprazole)
...and 3 more risk factors
- Weakened bones
Using multiple daily doses and/or for 1 year or longer
...and 2 more risk factors
- Severe diarrhea
People who are being treated in the hospital
People with lupus
- Low Vitamin B-12 level
Taking Protonix (pantoprazole) for more than 3 years
- Low magnesium level
Diuretics (water pills)
...and 1 more risk factors