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Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: cisapride, dofetilide, epirubicin, ticlopidine, artemether, clopidogrel, carmustine, lumefantrine, metformin, moclobemide, moricizine, quinidine, silver sulfadiazine.
This medication can slow down the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples of affected drugs include lidocaine, metoprolol, propranolol, tacrine, warfarin, zaleplon, anti-seizure drugs (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), benzodiazepines (such as diazepam), calcium channel blockers (such as diltiazem), narcotic analgesics (such as codeine), tricyclic antidepressants (such as amitriptyline), theophylline, among others.
Since cimetidine reduces the amount of acid in your stomach, it may also change the absorption of certain medications and affect how they work. Some examples of affected drugs include atazanavir, dasatinib, delavirdine, certain azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), pazopanib, among others. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of the medications you take are affected by cimetidine and how to manage this interaction.
Check the labels on all your medicines because they may contain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) that may cause stomach irritation/ulcers. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products. Low-dose aspirin should be continued if prescribed by your doctor for specific medical reasons such as heart attack or stroke prevention (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams per day). Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Cigarette smoking can affect this medication. Tell your doctor if you smoke and if you stop or start smoking while using this medication.
This medication and similar H2 blockers (such as famotidine, nizatidine, ranitidine) are available both with and without a prescription. Do not take them at the same time.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include mental/mood changes, slurred speech, difficulty awakening.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
Lifestyle changes such as stress reduction programs, stopping smoking, limiting alcohol, and diet changes (e.g., avoiding caffeine and spicy foods) may increase the effectiveness of this medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about lifestyle changes that might benefit you.
Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store in a tightly closed container at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from moisture and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised January 2015. Copyright(c) 2015 First Databank, Inc.
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