Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet answers some common questions about Suvacid Heartburn Relief. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of you taking this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
Take this medicine as directed and follow the advice given in this leaflet.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
Suvacid Heartburn Relief contains the active ingredient pantoprazole.
It is used for lasting symptomatic relief of frequent heartburn and stomach acid complaints due to gastro-oesophageal reflux.
This can be caused by washing back (reflux) of food and acid from the stomach into the food pipe, also known as the oesophagus.
Reflux can cause a burning sensation in the chest rising up to the throat, also known as heartburn.
Frequent heartburn is when you have heartburn for two or more days a week. Heartburn that occurs frequently is a typical symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
Suvacid Heartburn Relief is recommended for adults 18 years of age and over, suffering from heartburn at least 2 times a week.
It is not the right medicine for you if you suffer from heartburn only occasionally (one episode of heartburn a week or less), or if you want immediate relief of heartburn.
Pantoprazole belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach makes, to give relief from the symptoms.
It will start to suppress acid within a few hours, however it will not give instant symptom relief. You may need to take this medicine for a few days before experiencing the full effect.
This medicine is not addictive.
Do not take this medicine if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Do not take Suvacid Heartburn Relief in combination with atazanavir (an anti-viral medication).
Do not take this medicine if you have cirrhosis or severe liver disease.
This medicine should not be given to children and adolescents under the age of 18 years. Safety and effectiveness in children and adolescents has not been established.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack has passed If you take this medicine after the expiry date it may not work as well.
Do not take this medicine if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal. If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if :
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Suvacid Heartburn Relief.
Talk to your doctor first before taking this medicine if:
If you have experienced any of the above you should see your doctor immediately.
If you have suffered from frequent heartburn/indigestion symptoms for some time you should see your doctor.
You should also speak to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are due to have an endoscopy (a special test ordered by your doctor).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interfere with Suvacid Heartburn Relief. These include:
These medicines may be affected by Suvacid Heartburn Relief or may affect how well it works.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about taking Suvacid Heartburn Relief with other medications. They have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
Take one tablet once a day (every 24 hours).
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water, with or without food.
Do not crush or chew the tablets. The tablets have a special coating to protect them from the acidic contents of your stomach. For the tablets to work effectively, this coating must not be broken.
Take your medicine at about the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
Take one tablet daily for at least 7 days, and up to 14 days. You should not take it for more than 14 days unless directed by a doctor.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise take it as soon as you remember, and continue to take it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed. This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone Australia 13 11 26, New Zealand 0800 764 766) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Suvacid Heartburn Relief. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has advised.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Suvacid Heartburn Relief.
Tell all doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you do not feel better while taking this medicine.
If symptoms persist or recur within 2 weeks of completing the course, consult a doctor. Further examination may be recommended.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you.
Do not take Suvacid Heartburn Relief to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Some self help measures suggested below may help your condition. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these measures and for more information.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Suvacid Heartburn Relief.
Suvacid Heartburn Relief helps most people with reflux disease but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
The above list includes serious side effects that may require urgent medical attention. These side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell. Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Do not be alarmed by the lists of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Keep your medicine in the original container. If you take it out of its original container it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store Suvacid Heartburn Relief or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If you stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
Yellow and oval shaped enteric ( acid-resistant ) coated tablets, coded “20” in black ink on one side.
Available in blister packs of 7 and 14 enteric-coated tablets.
Suvacid Heartburn Relief contains 20 mg of pantopazole (as pantoprazole sodium sesquihydrate) as the active ingredient.
It also contains:
This medicine does not contain gluten, lactose, sucrose, or tartrazine.
Suvacid Heartburn Relief is supplied in Australia by:
Novartis Consumer Health Australasia Pty Ltd
ABN 46 004 535 513
329-333 Police Road
Mulgrave Vic 3170
NZ Office: Auckland, New Zealand
Australia: 1800 069 643
New Zealand: 0800 700 222
This leaflet was prepared in August 2009.
Australian Register Number AUST R XXXXX
Published by MIMS October 2010