How should I take Zomcare?
Zomcare is usually taken before eating (at least 1 hour before a meal). Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Use Prilosec OTC (over-the-counter) exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
If you cannot swallow a capsule whole, open it and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away without chewing. Do not save it for later use.
You must dissolve Zomcare powder in a small amount of water. This mixture can either be swallowed or given through a nasogastric (NG) feeding tube using a catheter-tipped syringe.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve.
>OTC Zomcare should be taken for only 14 days in a row. It may take 1 to 4 days before your symptoms improve. Allow at least 4 months to pass before you start a new 14-day course of treatment.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
Some conditions are treated with a combination of Zomcare and antibiotics. Use all medications as directed.
Zomcare can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medicine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Common side effects
Common side effects, which happen in more than 1 in 100 people, include:
- feeling sick
- being sick (vomiting) or diarrhoea
- stomach pain
Zomcare may also make you feel dizzy or sleepy. Some people might find it difficult to fall asleep.
It may also cause an itchy or lumpy skin rash, or make your feet or ankles swell.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if the side effects bother you or don't go away.
Drugs you should not use with Zomcare
Do not take these drugs with Zomcare. Doing so can cause dangerous effects in the body. Examples of these drugs include:
- Atazanavir, rilpivirine, and nelfinavir. Zomcare may greatly decrease the effects of these drugs and could make them less effective over time. You shouldn’t take these drugs with Zomcare.
- Clopidogrel. Zomcare may reduce the effects of clopidogrel, causing your blood to clot. You shouldn’t take this drug with Zomcare.
Q: Can Prilosec cause high blood pressure?
A: Prilosec (Zomcare) belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs decrease or block the production of stomach acid. Prilosec is used to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), to promote healing of erosive esophagitis, and to treat or prevent ulcers. Common side effects of Prilosec include gas, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache. According to the prescribing information for Prilosec, elevated blood pressure has been reported by people taking the drug in post-marketing experience. Post-marketing experience is after the drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In post-marketing experience, patients voluntarily report if they have the side effect. Because it is voluntary, not everyone decides to report if they have the side effect. So, it is hard to know how often the side effect occurs. It is also hard to know if it is caused by the drug or by some other reason. This is different than side effects reported during clinical trials before the drug is approved by the FDA. In clinical trials, researchers have tight control over how side effects are reported and can determine whether they are likely related to the drug or not. So, elevated blood pressure may or may not be caused by Prilosec, but it has been reported in patients taking the drug. See your doctor for proper evaluation of your blood pressure. Your doctor is best able to guide your treatment decisions based on your specific circumstances. Sarah Lewis, PharmD
Zomcare side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Zomcare: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Zomcare and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
new or unusual pain in your wrist, thigh, hip, or back;
kidney problems - little or no urination, blood in your urine, swelling, rapid weight gain;
low magnesium - dizziness, irregular heartbeats, feeling jittery, muscle cramps, muscle spasms, cough or choking feeling; or
new or worsening symptoms of lupus - joint pain, and a skin rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens in sunlight.
Taking this medicine long-term may cause you to develop stomach growths called fundic gland polyps. Talk with your doctor about this risk.
If you use Zomcare for longer than 3 years, you could develop a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Talk to your doctor about how to manage this condition if you develop it.
Common Zomcare side effects may include:
stomach pain, gas;
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.