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Famotidine(40 mg)

SALT INFORMATION

Famotidine(40 mg)

TYPICAL USAGE

Famotidine either alone or in combination with some other drugs is used for short term relief from heartburn, upset or sour stomach, indigestion and acidity (GERD; gastro esophageal reflux disease) and gastric ulcers

SIDE EFFECTS

* Very common: headache, dizziness, constipation or diarrhoea * Common: Severe dizziness or nausea, irregular heartbeat, unusual tiredness, muscle discomfort, allergic reactions like swelling of face, mouth, tongue or throat, discolouration of urine, fatigue, breast swelling in men (gynecomastia), impotence, yellowing of eye or skin, unexplained bleeding or bruising, infections, vomiting or stomach pain

DRUG INTERACTION

* Famotidine is known to decrease absorption of certain drugs such as atazanavir, dasatinib, delavirdine, certain azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), pazopanib. * Do not take other antacids like cimetidine, ranitidine or nizatidine while taking famotidine unless the doctor advices it. * Always consult your physician for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.

MECHANISM OF ACTION

Famotidine belongs to a class of medication call H2 blockers. It acts by preventing release of excess acid by the stomach thus treating the above mentioned conditions. 

DOSAGE

Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding the dosage and duration. * Adults:10- 40 mg orally two-four times in a day , at bedtime for 4- 12weeks * Children (1-16 years): 0.5-2 mg/kg/day,twice daily or up to 40 mg daily

DOs and DON'Ts

Do not take famotidine if you are allergic to famotidine or any of the other ingredient of this tabletConsult your doctor before taking famotidine: * If you have a history of kidney stones or any kidney/liver disease * If you have a history of ECG changes * If you had stomach cancer  * If you have asthma, COPD or any other breathing problems * If you are taking any other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products * If you are pregnant or breast-feeding * If you are had phenylketonuria

CONTRA INDICATIONS

* Individuals who are allergic to famotidine or any other ingredient of the tablet or capsule * Patients with kidney or liver problems  * Patients who are older and have recent changes in dyspeptic symptoms * Patients who suffer from weight loss in addition to dyspeptic symptoms * Patients who have phenylketonuria

FAQ

Q. Is famotidine a PPI/antacid/same as omeprazole/anticholinergic?Famotidine belongs to a class of medication call antacids. It is not a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) or an anticholinergic. It is not the same as omeprazole.Q. Is famotidine an over the counter or prescription drug?Famotidine is an over the counter drugQ. Is famotidine safe? Does it expire?Famotidine is safe when taken for an indication and at a dose strictly instructed by your doctor. It has an expiry date and should not be used beyond that date.Q. Is famotidine better than ranitidine?The doctor may prescribe either to you based on your symptoms. Please follow the instructions of your doctor.Q. Can I take famotidine for gas/nausea/indigestion/diarrhea/heartburn/acid reflux?Famotidine can be taken for heartburn or acid reflux at a dose strictly instructed by your doctor. It is not used for treating gas/nausea/indigestion/diarrhea.Q. Can I take lansoprazole /omeprazole /pantoprazole /azithromycin /tramadol /Cipro/ tums/doxycycline with famotidine?It is not advisable to take lansoprazole/ omeprazole /pantoprazole / tums along with famotidine unless advised by the doctor. Famotidine is not known to interact with azithromycin/ tramadol/ Cipro/ doxycycline. Any combination with famotidine should be taken only if prescribed by the doctor.Q. Does famotidine cause hair loss/constipation/drowsiness/diarrhea/bone loss/potentiate opioids?Famotidine is not known to cause hair loss/bone loss/potentiate opioids. It may have some side effects like slight constipation/drowsiness/diarrhea. Please consult the doctor in case any side effect is observed.Q. Is famotidine safe in pregnancy?There are no studies in pregnant women showing safety of this drug. Inform your doctor immediately if you find that you are pregnant while taking the drug and follow the doctor’s instructions clearly as to further use.

FURTHER INFORMATION

* Prescribing information * National Formulary of India * Summary of Product Characteristics: http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/20012, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a687011.html, http://www.drugs.com/famotidine.html * Patient information leaflet: http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/21827

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INTERACTIONS

Can I take Famotidine (40mg) during pregnancy?

Studies in animals have shown no risk to the fetus, however there are no sufficient studies in humans. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.

Can I take Famotidine (40mg) while breastfeeding/lactation?

Safer: Drug has been studied in few breastfeeding women and the evidence shows that there is no increase in side effects in the infants, or the possibility of harm to the breastfed infants is expected to be rare. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.

Can I take Famotidine (40mg) with alcohol?

No studies found