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Can protonix be taken to treat congestion?

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Posted on Thu, 3 Dec 2015
Question: will the protonix help a congestion ...my lung doctor said my problem was from my throat not lungs and the
other doctor tested and put me on the protonix and it did not help at all ...even got worse..now what?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
reduces acid production in the stomach

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Protonix is used for GERD, gastritis. It is a proton pump inhibitor that helps reduce acid production in the stomach, if you have this problem then it would help. Reflux can be a cause of persistent cough, if this is a problem.

It would not be useful for nasal congestion or chest congestion however.

If you are having nasal congestion then the use of a topical and/or oral decongestant would be helpful.
Topical decongestants include oxymetazoline or xylometazoline. Oral decongestants include pseudoephredrine or phenyephrine. These would be available over the counter.

If you are having chest congestion then a mucolytic to help to break up the mucus in the chest so that it can be easier to be expelled.
Examples of mucolytics are guaifenesin, mucomyst, bisolvan.

I hope this helps , feel free to ask any other questions
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Can protonix be taken to treat congestion?

Brief Answer: reduces acid production in the stomach Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic Protonix is used for GERD, gastritis. It is a proton pump inhibitor that helps reduce acid production in the stomach, if you have this problem then it would help. Reflux can be a cause of persistent cough, if this is a problem. It would not be useful for nasal congestion or chest congestion however. If you are having nasal congestion then the use of a topical and/or oral decongestant would be helpful. Topical decongestants include oxymetazoline or xylometazoline. Oral decongestants include pseudoephredrine or phenyephrine. These would be available over the counter. If you are having chest congestion then a mucolytic to help to break up the mucus in the chest so that it can be easier to be expelled. Examples of mucolytics are guaifenesin, mucomyst, bisolvan. I hope this helps , feel free to ask any other questions