The Side Effects of Somac

By Norma Chew

Somac is a prescription drug that contains the active ingredient pantoprozole. Somac belongs to the family of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs work to lessen the amount of gastric acid produced by the stomach. This makes Somac an effective treatment for relieving the pain and discomfort of such stomach conditions in individuals with gastric or stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers. Somac is available in 20 mg and 40 mg tablets.

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Somac is a prescription drug that contains the active ingredient pantoprozole. Somac belongs to the family of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs work to lessen the amount of gastric acid produced by the stomach. This makes Somac an effective treatment for relieving the pain and discomfort of such stomach conditions in individuals with gastric or stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers. Somac is available in 20 mg and 40 mg tablets.

Function

Somac is effective at relieving the on-and-off pain of stomach ulcers.

According to Mamashealth.com, about 20 million Americans develop at least one stomach ulcer during their lifetime. Stomach ulcers affect about 4 million Americans every year. A medication like Somac is effective at relieving the on-and-off pain of stomach ulcers by reducing the production of gastric acid in the stomach. It is also used to treat a rare condition called Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, a condition that causes the stomach to produce an excessive amount of gastric acid.

Side Effects

Nausea is a common side effect.

Common side effects include dry mouth with a metallic taste, nausea and vomiting as well as stomach pain with indigestion or excessive gas in the stomach and bowels. In addition there may be diarrhea or constipation or headache with dizziness, weakness or tiredness. There may also be blurred vision or a skin rash with itching and increased sweating. Contact your doctor for advice if you have any of these problems.

Serious Side Effects

Seek medical attention if you have any serious side effects, such as high blood pressure.

These may include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and a feeling of general malaise along with fever, and skin problems such as swelling, blistering or peeling of the skin. There may be jaundice (yellowish discoloration of the skin and/or whites of the eyes) along with dark-colored urine. Other symptoms may include unusual bleeding or bruising, mouth ulcers, chills with fever, swelling of the legs, high blood pressure, anxiety, confusion and depression. Seek immediate medical attention for any of these symptoms.

Allergic Reaction

If you experience an allergic reaction, you should seek medical care.

An allergic reaction may be a rare but serious side effect. It is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms may include a rash or hives. There may also be swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat along with chest pain, shortness of breath and difficulty swallowing. Seek immediate emergency medical care for any of these symptoms.

Precautions

Talk with your doctor about your medical history.

Discuss your medical history with your doctor to include any medications you are taking. Anti-viral drugs such as atazanavir should not be taken when you are taking Somac. Discuss any allergies you may have and any history of liver or kidney diseases. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or planning to get pregnant during the time you will be taking Somac.

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About the Author

Norma Chew is a retired registered nurse who has been a freelance writer since 1978. Chew's articles have appeared in the "Journal of the Association of Operating Room Nurses" (AORN), "Point of View Magazine" and "Today's OR Nurse." Chew has a master's degree in health care administration from Nova Southeastern University.

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