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Generic Name: Famotidine Tablets (fa-MOE-tih-deen)
Brand Name: Examples include Pepcid and Pepcid AC
Famotidine is used for:
Treating and preventing ulcers; treating and preventing heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach. It is also used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), conditions that cause increased acid secretion, and esophagitis. It also may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Famotidine is an H2 (histamine) blocker. It reduces stomach acid by blocking one of the chemicals (histamine) that stimulates the release of acid into the stomach.
Do NOT use Famotidine if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Famotidine :
Some medical conditions may interact with Famotidine . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Famotidine . However, no specific interactions with Famotidine are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Famotidine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Famotidine :
Use Famotidine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Famotidine .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Famotidine :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Famotidine :
Store Famotidine at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief periods of time at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) are permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Famotidine out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Famotidine . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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