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Pepcid Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is famotidine (Pepcid)?
- What are the possible side effects of famotidine (Pepcid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about famotidine (Pepcid)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking famotidine (Pepcid)?
- How should I take famotidine (Pepcid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Pepcid)?
- What happens if I overdose (Pepcid)?
- What should I avoid while taking famotidine (Pepcid)?
- What other drugs will affect famotidine (Pepcid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking famotidine (Pepcid)?
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 famotidine or similar medications such as ranitidine (Zantac), cimetidine (Tagamet), or nizatidine (Axid).
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take famotidine if you have:
- kidney disease;
- liver disease;
- a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome;
- stomach cancer or other problems; or
- asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other breathing 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.
Famotidine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take famotidine (Pepcid)?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
The chewable tablet must be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) for 5 to 10 seconds before you measure a dose. Measure the liquid with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with 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 famotidine treatment, it may take up to 8 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.
Famotidine 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 famotidine liquid that is older than 30 days.
Additional Pepcid Information
- Pepcid Drug Interactions Center: famotidine oral
- Pepcid Side Effects Center
- Pepcid Overview including Precautions
- Pepcid FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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