Do not take SOMAC Control:
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to pantoprazole, to soya or to any of the other ingredients of SOMAC Control (listed insection 6 ?What SOMAC Control contains?).
- if you are taking a medicine containing atazanavir (for the treatment of HIV-infection)
- if you are under 18 years of age
- if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Take special care with SOMAC Control
Talk to your doctor first if:
- you have been treated for heartburn or indigestion continuously for 4 or more weeks
- you are over 55 years old and taking non-prescription indigestion treatment on a daily basis
- you are over 55 years old with new or recently changed symptoms
- you have previously had a gastric ulcer or stomach surgery
- you have liver problems or jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes)
- you regularly see your doctor for serious complaints or conditions
- you are due to have an endoscopy or a breath test called a C-urea test.
Tell your doctor immediately, before or after taking this medicine, if you notice any of the following symptoms, which could be a sign of another, more serious, disease:
- an unintentional loss of weight (not related to a diet or an exercise programme)
- vomiting, particularly if repeated
- vomiting blood; this may appear as dark coffee grounds in your vomit
- you notice blood in your stools; which may be black or tarry in appearance
- difficulty in swallowing or pain when swallowing
- you look pale and feel weak (anaemia)
- chest pain
- stomach pain
- severe and/or persistent diarrhoea, because SOMAC Control has been associated with a small increase in infectious diarrhoea. Your doctor may decide that you need some tests.
If you are due to have a blood test, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine.
You may experience relief from your acid reflux and heartburn symptoms after just one day of treatment with SOMAC Control, but this medicine is not meant to bring immediate relief. You should not take it as a preventive measure.
If you have been suffering from repetitive heartburn or indigestion symptoms for some time, remember to see your doctor regularly.
Using other medicines
SOMAC Control may stop certain other medicines from working properly. Tell yourdoctor or pharmacist if you are using anymedicines containing one of the following active substances:
- ketoconazole (used for fungal infections).
- warfarin and phenprocoumon(used to thin blood and prevent clots). You may need further blood tests
- atazanavir (used to treat HIV-infection). You must not use SOMAC Control if you are taking atazanavir.
Do not take SOMAC Control with other medicines which limit the amount of acid produced in your stomach, such as another proton pump inhibitor (omeprazole, lansoprazole or rabeprazole) or an H2 antagonist (e.g. ranitidine, famotidine).
However, you may take SOMAC Control with antacids (e.g. magaldrate, alginic acid, sodium bicarbonate, aluminium hydroxide, magnesium carbonate, or combinations thereof), if needed.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This alsoincludes herbal or homeopathic remedies.
UsingSOMAC Control with food and drink
The tablets should be swallowed whole with liquid before a meal.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take SOMAC Control if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are breast-feeding. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
If you experience side effects like dizziness or disturbed vision, you should not drive or operate machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of SOMAC Control
SOMAC Control contains soya lecithin. If you are allergic to peanut or soya, do not use this medicine.