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Protonix (Pantoprazole Sodium)

Known as Somac,Pantpas in the UK

Prescription medicineOnly Available By Prescription

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What if I find a lower price with another pharmacy?

We guarantee the lowest price on all of our prescription products. If you find your medications cheaper at any other recognized licensed mail order pharmacy, we will not only match their price, we will beat it by 25% of the difference. It is our 125% price match guarantee!

Example: If you find a product on Canada Drugs Direct for $50.00 and find the same product for $40.00 at another mail order pharmacy, we will provide you with a $12.50 discount, bringing your total to $37.50.

To get the discount please make sure to mention the price match to the customer service team when they call to collect payment for your order. Or call toll free at 1-888-904-8467 to place the order through the phone.

Terms & Conditions of Program

  • Guaranteed lowest price is only valid at the time of sale.
  • We will only match the current advertised price.
  • Products must be identical and in stock at the time of placing an order with a licensed mail order pharmacy. The must be a member of CIPA (Canadian International Pharmacy Association).
  • Products must be authentic in brand and size (same manufacturer, same country of manufacture, same pack size, same strength and same quantity).
  • Products must be new. We cannot match the price of any used, short expiry or expired product.
  • Price match can only be issued over the phone with our customer service team
What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.


Chemical Name PANTOPRAZOLE (pan-TOE-pra-zole)

PROTONIX is prescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It is used to treat certain conditions in which there is too much acid in the stomach. It is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. PROTONIX relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. It helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. PROTONIX OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved US professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.


  • Take PROTONIX exactly as prescribed by your doctor
  • PROTONIX tablets can be taken with or without food (take 30 minutes before a meal)
  • Do not crush, chew, or break the tablet. Swallow it whole. The enteric-coated pill has a special coating to protect your stomach. Breaking the pill will damage this coating.


Before You Start Using PROTONIX You should not take PROTONIX if you are:

  • Allergic to pantoprazole or to any other benzimidazole medication
  • If you have low levels of magnesium in your blood
  • Are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
  • Breast feeding or planning on breastfeeding
Some precautions that patients should be aware of are:
  • The chronic use of PROTONIX has caused stomach cancer in animal studies, but it is not known if it would have the same effects in humans. Speak to your doctor about your specific risk of developing stomach cancer.
  • Taking PROTONIX may increase your risk of bone fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine (generally those who are age 50+).
  • Before you take this medication, tell your doctor if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone mineral density)
  • Long-term treatment with PROTONIX may also make it harder for your body to absorb vitamin B-12, resulting in a deficiency of this vitamin. Symptoms of a vitamin B-12 deficiency may develop slowly and include pale skin, weakness, tired feeling, shortness of breath, and a fast heart rate.

Side Effects

All medications may cause side effects, but usually patients have no, or minor, side effects. Common side effects of PROTONIX may include:

  • Weight changes
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas or stomach pain
  • Dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling
  • Joint pain
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
Stop using PROTONIX and call your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of low magnesium such as:
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Jerking muscle movements
  • Feeling jittery
  • Muscle cramps, muscle weakness or limp feeling
  • Cough or choking feeling
  • Headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling unsteady
  • State of confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Fainting
  • Seizure
  • Shallow breathing

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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