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Protonix (pantoprazole)

Prescription only
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.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 584 reviewsforpantoprazole
Relieves heartburn and indigestion.

Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) gives quick relief for heartburn, gas, and bloating, but it may not be as effective or last as long as other antacids.

4.6/ 7 average rating with 213 reviewsforMaalox
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Works quickly.
  • Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
  • Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Doesn't last very long. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you need longer lasting relief.
  • Is not a good option if you have frequent symptoms (more than 2 times a week). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about stronger medications.
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  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews
584 
68%
think this treatment is worth it
51%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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213 
69%
think this treatment is worth it
30%
think this treatment works well
9%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
8possible side effects
  • Headache
    12%
  • Diarrhea
    9%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Stomach pain
    6%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Gas
    4%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Joint pain
    3%
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The Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • 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

  • Lupus

    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

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  • Aluminum and magnesium overdose

    Kidney problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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