Also Known As: Somac, Pantoloc, Protium, Pantecta, Pantoheal, Protonix, Pantoprazole

Pantoprazole (sold under various brand names including Somac, Pantoloc, Protium, Pantecta, Protonix, and Pantoheal) is a proton pump inhibitor drug that inhibits gastric acid secretion.

Pantoprazole is used for short-term treatment of erosion and ulceration of the esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease. Initial treatment is generally of eight weeks' duration, after which another eight week course of treatment may be considered if necessary.[citation needed] It can be used as a maintenance therapy for long term use after initial response is obtained.

This medication may affect the results of certain lab tests, such as drug screenings (pantoprazole can cause a false positive for THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis.[1][2]

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