Famotidine

Description

Famotidine is a very effective medicine to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach. This medicine should be taken 60 minutes before food. Monitoring of kidney function and central nervous system effects are necessary.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Famotidine

  • Diarrhea
  • Itching
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Fever
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Constipation

Uses of Famotidine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastroesophagal Reflux Disease
  • Hypersecretory Condition
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed in less than 1 hour after an oral dose and less than 30 minutes after an intravenous dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 10 to 12 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is recommended in pregnant women only if benefits overweigh the risks.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is known to excreted through the breastmilk. It is recommended for breastfeeding women.

Allergy

Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Famotidine or other H2 antagonists.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is recommended in pregnant women only if benefits overweigh the risks.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is known to excreted through the breastmilk. It is recommended for breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Impaired kidney function

Famotidine should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. The dose should be adjusted if the CrCl is less than 50 ml/min.

Effect on Central nervous system

Famotidine may show the effect on central nervous system in patients with kidney dysfunction. Any symptoms of dizziness, confusion should be reported to the doctor.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then the missed dose can be skipped.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Glipizide

Ketoconazole

Atazanavir

Disease interactions

Gastro-intestinal bleeding

Use of Famotidine is not recommended for use if any symptoms indicating gastrointestinal bleeding exists. Consult your doctor if there is blood in vomit or the stools are bloody or black.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Famotidine as instructed by your doctor. It should be taken before food at bedtime. Do not take in larger amounts than prescribed. Take this medicine at the same time every day.
Miscelleneous

To be taken before food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by blocking histamine at a specific site in the stomach. This results in inhibition of acid secretion and lowered gastric acidity.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

H2 antagonists

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=98c6ddc9-8103-40b3-a145-ffbe3374ab6c

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 11 May 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database#searchname

[Internet]. Toxnet.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 11 May 2017]. Available from:

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~0xqeL8:1

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2017 [cited 16 November 2017]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/019462s037lbl.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 16 Nov 2017

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