What should I Know Regarding Pregnancy, Nursing and Administering Protonix to Children or the Elderly?

If you are PREGNANT

  • Possibly Safe: INSUFFICIENT HUMAN DATA AVAIL; ANIMAL DATA DO NOT SUGGEST DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY

If you are NURSING

  • Precaution: LIMITED DATA SUGGEST LOW AMOUNTS EXCRETED WITH NO KNOWN ADVERSE INFANT EFFECT

If you are an adult over 60

  • management or monitoring precaution: General-Prolonged use may decrease absorption of Vitamin B-12. Avoid for >8 weeks duration unless for high risk patients (eg. oral corticosteroids or chronic NSAID use), erosive esophagitis, Barrett's esophagitis, pathologic hypersecretory condition, or demonstrated need for maintenance treatment. Musculoskeletal-Increased risk of fracture with high dose or prolonged use of greater than 1 year. Gastrointestinal-Long term use may be associated with C. difficile diarrhea.

Giving Protonix to a child under 12

  • management or monitoring precaution: Delayed release formulations may not be appropriate for age range dosing depending on indication for use.
  • management or monitoring precaution: Efficacy not established age <1 year.