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Brand name: Somac

Somac is a brand of tablets containing the active ingredient pantoprazole. It comes in two different strengths. You can buy the 20 mg tablets over the counter at a pharmacy. The 40 mg tablets are only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Somac belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors. Somac works by reducing the production of stomach acid.

It is used to treat ulcers in the stomach and duodenum, which is the first section of the small intestine. Somac is also used to treat heartburn, which is a burning sensation in the chest rising up to the throat. Somac may be used to treat Zollinger-Elllison syndrome, a rare condition involving over-production of stomach acid.

Somac tablets are swallowed whole with a little water.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: pantoprazole

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If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Somac 40 mg enteric coated granules, 5 sachets

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

1. For symptomatic improvement and healing of gastrointestinal diseases which require a reduction in acid secretion:- i) duodenal ulcer, ii) gastric ulcer, iii) gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD): Symptomatic GORD. The treatment of heartburn and other symptoms associated with GORD; Reflux oesophagitis iv) gastrointestinal lesions refractory H2 blockers v) Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. Patients whose gastric or duodenal ulceration is not associated with ingestion of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) require treatment with antimicrobial agents in addition to antisecretory drugs whether on first presentation or on recurrence. 2. Maintenance of healed reflux oesophagitis in patients previously treated for moderate to severe reflux oesophagitis. 3. For eradication of Helicobacter pylori, treatment with pantoprazole and one of the following combinations of antibiotics; i) Clarithromycin and amoxicillin, or ii) Clarithromycin and metronidazole, or iii) Amoxicillin and metronidazole is recommended in cases of duodenal ulcer and gastric ulcer with the objective of reducing the recurrence of duodenal and gastric ulcers caused by this microorganism (see Dosage & Administration). 4. Pantoprazole in combination with bismuth, metronidazole and tetracycline is indicated for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori associated with peptic ulcer disease with the objective of reducing the recurrence of peptic ulcers caused by this organism. 5. Prevention of gastroduodenal lesions and dyspeptic symptoms associated with non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in increased risk patients with a need for continuous non-selective NSAID treatment.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Pale yellowish to dark brownish granules
Dosage Form Granules, enteric-coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
28: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
30: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
5: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
84: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Sachet
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
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