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Famotidine

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Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Heartburn Relief Maximum Strength [OTC];Heartburn Relief [OTC];Pepcid®;Pepcid® AC Maximum Strength [OTC];Pepcid® AC [OTC]
    • Canadian Brand Names: Acid Control;Apo-Famotidine®;Apo-Famotidine® Injectable;Famotidine Omega;Mylan-Famotidine;Novo-Famotidine;Nu-Famotidine;Pepcid®;Pepcid® AC;Pepcid® I.V.;Ulcidine
    • Mexican Brand Names: Androtin;Durater;Facidex;Ludex;Pepcidine
    • Pharmacologic Category: Histamine H2 Antagonist

    Uses
    • It is used to stop or treat GI (gastrointestinal) ulcers caused by infection.
    • It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease.
    • It is used to treat heartburn and sour stomach.
    • It is used to treat syndromes caused by lots of stomach acid.
    • Famotidine helps avoid harm to the GI (gastrointestinal) tract caused by stomach acid or infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take at bedtime if you are taking once a day.
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • There is a liquid (suspension) if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Injection:
    • It is given as a shot into a vein.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store tablets at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Store liquid (suspension) at room temperature. Throw away any part not used after 1 month.
    • The shot will be given to you in a doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to famotidine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • If you need Pepcid® AC for more than 14 days in a row, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Talk with your doctor before using other aspirin, products that have aspirin, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain drugs, or vitamin E.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or liquor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Loose stools.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble swallowing or speaking.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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