Evidence on the effects of Somac overdose in humans is limited.
Symptoms of overdose in studies of Somac in rats, mice, and dogs included:
If you suspect an overdose, you should seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help Line at (800) 222-1222.
How to store Somac
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Somac and breastfeeding
Somac is safe to take while you're breastfeeding. It passes into breastmilk, but only in small amounts that aren't harmful to the baby.
If your baby is premature or has health problems, check with your doctor before taking Somac.
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Somac oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand-name drug Protonix. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as the brand-name drug.
Somac comes in three forms: an oral tablet, an oral liquid suspension, and an intravenous (IV) form that’s injected into your vein by a healthcare provider.
What Is Somac (Protonix)?
Somac is a prescription drug used as a short-term treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
It's part of a class of medications known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and is marketed under the brand name Protonix.
GERD is a condition in which the backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and sometimes injury of the esophagus.
PPIs such as Somac work by blocking the production of acid made in the stomach.
Somac may also be used for a longer period of time for maintenance or healing of erosive esophagitis, and to treat conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Somac was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 and is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.
In 2013, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. were ordered to pay $2.15 billion to Pfizer as a settlement for unauthorized sales of Somac.
Somac shouldn't be used for the immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
Don't take Somac if you're allergic to any other benzimidazole medications such as albendazole (Albenza) or mebendazole (Vermox).
Long-term use of Somac may make it harder for your body to absorb vitamin B-12, which could result in a B-12 deficiency.
PPI use may also increase your risk for fractures in your wrists, hips, or spine. In 2010, however, the FDA decided that there was not enough evidence of fracture risk to merit a warning.
Extended use of Somac has been shown to cause stomach cancer in animal studies, but researchers are unsure if the medication has the same effects in humans.
Somac may be used in children five years of age and older for up to eight weeks to heal acid-related damage to the esophagus. It's not known if the drug is safe for longer than eight weeks of use in children.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Somac. You can ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.