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.