Somac® Tablets and Granules
Consumer Medicine Information (CMI)
What is in this leaflet
What Somac is used
syndrome, where the stomach produces very large amounts of acid,
This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump
ulcer it is called a gastric or duodenal
this medicine. You can also
Ask your doctor if you have any
download the most up to date
questions about why it has been
prescribed for you.
in their stomach.
will kill the Helicobacter pylori
SOMAC should not be given to
children under 5 years of age
If you have any concerns about
taking this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
Somac is also used to treat reflux oesophagitis or reflux disease. This
Before you take
(reflux) of food and acid from the stomach into the food pipe, also known as the oesophagus.
When you must not take it
Do not take Somac if
you have an allergy to:
• any medicine containing
• any of the ingredients listed at
the end of this leaflet
Some symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, itching, shortness of breath or swelling of the
Do not take this medicine if you
have severe liver disease or
Do not take Somac in combination
with antibiotics or any other
to remove any remaining granules and drink immediately
Do not take Somac in combination
How to take Somac
with atazanavir (an anti-viral
medication).Do not take it after the
Follow all directions given to you
expiry date printed on the pack or
by your doctor or pharmacist
if the packaging is damaged or
shows signs of tampering.
If you do not understand the
instructions on the box/bottle, ask
Before you start to take it
your doctor or pharmacist for
have any allergies to any other
How much to take
medicines, foods, preservatives or
When to take it
Tell your doctor if
you have or have
Take Somac at about the same
time each day.
Tell your doctor if you are
pregnant, intend to become
pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Your doctor can discuss the risks
and benefits involved. If you have
not told your doctor about any of
the above, tell them before you
Do not crush or chew the tablets or
Taking other medicines
granules. Somac tablets and
Tell your doctor if you are taking
granules have a special coating to
any other medicines, including any
protect them from the acidic
that you buy without a
contents of your stomach. For
prescription from your pharmacy,
Somac to work effectively, this
supermarket or health food shop.
coating must not be broken.
How long to take it
Continue taking your medicine for
as long as your doctor or
pharmacist tells you.
How to take it
If you forget to take it
Swallow your tablets whole with a
If it is almost time for your next
little water with or without food.
dose, skip the dose you missed and
take your next dose when you are
Otherwise, take it as soon as you
remember, and then go back to
taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make
Things you must not do
Ask your doctor or pharmacist any
up for the dose that you missed.
questions you may have.
Do not use this medicine to treat
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if
any other complaints unless your
doctor tells you to.
you notice any of the following and
If you are not sure what to do, ask
they worry you:
your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not give this medicine to anyone
else, even if they have the same
If you have trouble remembering
symptoms as you.
when to take your medicine, ask
your pharmacist for hints.
Things that may help your
If you take too much
Some self help measures suggested below may help your condition.
Immediately telephone your doctor
or Poisons Information Centre
(telephone Australia 13 11 26 or
New Zealand 0800 764 766), or go
to Accident and Emergency at
your doctor may advise
your nearest hospital, if you or
anyone else may have taken too
Aspirin and many other
much Somac. Do this even if there
medicines used to treat
are no signs of discomfort or
arthritis, period pain,
– these medicines
– your doctor may
While you are taking
Tell your doctor immediately if
you notice any of the following:
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on
any new medicine, remind your
• Eating habits
– eat smaller, more
doctor and pharmacist that you
are taking Somac.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and
pharmacists who treat you that
• Smoking -
your doctor may
you are taking this medicine.
If you are going to have surgery,
tell the surgeon that you are taking
– your doctor may
If you become pregnant while you
are taking this medicine, tell your
doctor or pharmacist immediately.
severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
If you are about to have any blood
tests, tell your doctor that you are
taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as
soon as possible if you do not feel
Keep all of your doctor’s
well while you are taking Somac.
appointments so that your progress
can be checked.
side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side-effects.
Tell your doctor if you notice
anything else that is making you
feel unwell. Other side effects not
listed above may occur in some
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if
you do not understand anything in
After taking Somac
Keep your tablets in their blister or
bottle, and granules in their sachet
pack until it is time to take them.
Keep the medicine in a cool dry
place where the temperature stays
below 25°C (granules) or 30°C
Do not store it or any other
medicines in the bathroom, near a
sink or windowsill. Do not leave it
in the car.
Keep it where children cannot
a-half metres (5 feet) above the ground, is a good place to store
your pharmacist what to do with any tablets or granules that are left over.
• cellulose - microcrystalline • sodium carbonate anhydrous • crospovidone
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