A widely-prescribed type of heartburn medication has been linked to an increased risk for 2 distinct dermatological reactions, according to a case report presented at the American College of Gastroenterology 2017 meeting.
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What’s the Problem?
October 23, 2017 – The case report involved a 32-year-old man who was prescribed Protonix (generic: pantoprazole) after presenting with symptoms of dyspepsia. Within days of starting treatment with the drug, he developed a severe rash that was subsequently diagnosed as acneiform eruption, which his doctor treated with a combination of topical creams, oral doxycycline and prednisone.
These therapies were unsuccessful, and a skin graft revealed that the man was suffering from granulomatous dermatitis. Continuing abdominal pain led to a diagnosis of H. pylori infection, which his doctor treated with lansoprazole (Prevacid), amoxicillin, and clarithromycin.
As with his previous regimen, the patient’s condition only worsened, as he developed a worsening rash with “scaly violaceous papules and patches” on his face and neck; the acneiform nodules also worsened and spread to his extremities.
The patient was then started on a regimen of ranitidine, amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and metronidazole to treat his H. pylori infection.
Authors of the case study highlight 2 specific dermatological reactions — granulomatous dermatitis to pantoprazole and lichenoid dermatosis to lansoprazole — which had never before been associated with use of proton pump inhibitors.
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