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Generic Name: famotidine

It is used to treat stomach or intestinal ulcers
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What is this medicine?

FAMOTIDINE (fa MOE ti deen) is a type of antihistamine that blocks the release of stomach acid. It is used to treat stomach or intestinal ulcers. It can relieve ulcer pain and discomfort, and the heartburn from acid reflux.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • kidney or liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to famotidine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • delavirdine
  • itraconazole
  • ketoconazole

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better or gets worse.

Do not take with aspirin, ibuprofen, or other antiinflammatory medicines. These can aggravate your condition.

Do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. These increase irritation in your stomach and can increase the time it will take for ulcers to heal. Cigarettes and alcohol can also worsen acid reflux or heartburn.

If you get black, tarry stools or vomit up what looks like coffee grounds, call your doctor or health care professional at once. You may have a bleeding ulcer.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • agitation, nervousness
  • confusion
  • hallucinations

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache

Where should I keep my medicine?

This medicine is given in a hospital or clinic. You will not be given this medicine to store at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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