I don't suffer from GERD, but I have a friend who does. About a year and a half ago she started getting intermittent reflux that seemed to be related to stress (she was going through a rough time with her husband when it started). According to her it was pretty random and would come and go over a period of days and then disappear entirely for days- weeks. She went to the doctor (and ENT) and he prescribed pantoprazole (Protonix). Well, it's now about 18 months later and she's been on this medicine the entire time (almost daily) and her GERD has gotten substantially worse. I looked up Protonix and read that it should not be used chronically and only an 8-week treatment course was the norm.Anyway, my question is: could the drug prescribed for GERD be making my friend's condition worse? (or is something else the cause?)Anybody else use Protonix and experience this?