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In this Article
- What is nizatidine (Axid)?
- What are the possible side effects of nizatidine (Axid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about nizatidine (Axid)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking nizatidine (Axid)?
- How should I take nizatidine (Axid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Axid)?
- What happens if I overdose (Axid)?
- What should I avoid' while taking nizatidine (Axid)?
- What other drugs will affect nizatidine (Axid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking nizatidine (Axid)?
Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to nizatidine or similar medications such as ranitidine (Zantac), cimetidine (Tagamet), or famotidine (Pepcid).
To make sure you can safely take nizatidine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- kidney disease;
- liver disease; or
- stomach cancer or other problems.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Nizatidine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while taking this medication.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I take nizatidine (Axid)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Although most ulcers heal within 4 weeks of nizatidine treatment, it may take up to 8 to 12 weeks of using this medicine before your ulcer heals. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using nizatidine.
Nizatidine may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes changes in diet or lifestyle habits. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Throw away any unused nizatidine liquid that is older than 30 days.
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