Famotidine: Uses & Side Effects

Famotidine is a histamine-2 blocker that works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces.

Famotidine is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also treats conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Famotidine also treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions in which acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing heartburn.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to famotidine or similar medicines such as ranitidine (Zantac), cimetidine (Tagamet), or nizatidine (Axid).

To make sure this medicine is safe for you,
tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have ever had:

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease;
  • cancer stomach; or
  • long QT syndrome (in you or a family member).

Ask a doctor before using famotidine if you
are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to famotidine: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your
doctor at once if you have:

  • confusion, hallucinations, agitation, lack of energy;
  • a seizure;
  • fast or pounding heartbeats, sudden dizziness (like you might pass out); or
  • unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

Some side effects may be more likely in
older adults.

Common famotidine side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • dizziness; or
  • constipation or diarrhea.

Keywords: Famotidine; Pepcid.

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