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Introduction of Famocid Famotidine

Famocid Famotidine is a histamine-2 blocker drug and belongs to a family of drugs called histamine-2 blockers. This drug functions by lowering the natural production of acid in the stomach. Famotidine is available as various brands across the globe, some of which are Pepcid and Famocid (Sun Pharma).
Famocid Famotidine is an acid reducer which is used to primarily treat and prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers. It is also used to treat conditions characterized by excessive acid production in the stomach like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Famocid Famotidine may be given to people who have gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD and other conditions in which the stomach acid flows into the esophagus and causes heartburn. Famotidine may also be used for conditions not mentioned here.

Uses of Famocid Famotidine

Famocid Famotidine either alone or in combination with some other drugs is used for short term relief from heartburn, upset or sour stomach, indigestion and acidity (GERD; gastro esophageal reflux disease) and gastric ulcers.

How it works of Famocid Famotidine

Famocid Famotidine belongs to a class of medication call H2 blockers. It acts by preventing release of excess acid by the stomach thus treating the above mentioned conditions.

Important Information about Famocid Famotidine

Initial symptoms of heart attack are often misunderstood as heartburn. Get immediate and urgent medical attention if you have chest pain with pain advancing to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.
You must not take Famotidine (Pepcid, Famocid) if you are allergic to it or other similar drugs like Ranitidine, Cimetidine, or Nizatidine. You must also not take these similar medications along with Famotidine, unless your doctor advises you to do so.
You may be advised some diet restrictions along with Famotidine. Taking a proper diet is the key to proper effectiveness of this medication.

Before taking Famocid Famotidine

Before taking Famotidine acid reducing medication (Pepcid, Famocid), take care of all precautions mentioned above and discuss them with your doctor.
Your doctor may need to decide if it is safe for you to take Famotidine if you have any of these conditions: liver or kidney disease, a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome, stomach cancer, asthma, chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), or breathing problems.
Famotidine is not expected to harm an unborn baby if taken while being pregnant. Women should inform their doctor if they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Famotidine can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Don’t take this medication without your doctor’s advice if you are breast feeding.

How should I take Famotidine?

Take Famotidine strictly according to the instructions on the medication label or according to your doctor’s direction. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take Famotidine (Pepcid, Famocid) after the prescribed period is over.
Properly chew the chewable Famotidine tablet before swallowing. Famotidine medication may take up to 8 weeks to heal your ulcers. Take the medication as directed for best results. Tell your doctor if you symptoms don’t start to subside after 6 weeks of taking Famotidine. Always store Famotidine in a cool and dry place, away from heat and moisture. Ensure that children and pets don’t have access to this medication.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Famotidine, take it as soon as you remember. Don’t take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.

What if I overdose?

In case of an overdose of Famotidine, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immedaitely. Overdose may lead to nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea.

Things and Activities to avoid while taking Famotidine

Alcohol consumption while taking Famotidine (Pepcid, Famocid) may worsen your condition so avoid alcohol. Also avoid other acid reducers like cimetidine, nizatidine, ranitidine, or others unless or otherwise advised by your doctor.
Famotidine may lead to dizziness which can impact some activities that require high level of attention and alertness like driving. So be careful while indulging in such activities.

Side Effects of Famotidine

Common side effects of Famotidine (Pepcid, Famocid) are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, headache, muscle cramps, or joint pain. These are not the only side effects of Famotidine. There may be others. Contact your doctor right away if you experience any serious side effects or if your condition worsens after taking Famotidine.

Famotidine Dosing Information

Famotidine dosage will be fixed by your doctor after examining you properly. Dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Stick to your doctor’s prescription strictly.

Interaction with other drugs

These drugs can interact with Famotidine: atazanavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, aspirin or other NSAIDs like ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, or others. The drugs mentioned thus are not all the possible drugs which can interact with Famotidine. There may be others as well. Share the list of all type of medications and related products which you are using with your doctor and never start a new medication without his or her advice.

Expert advice

  • Do not take ethamsylate, if you are allergic to ethamsylate or any other ingredients in the medicine, or you have allergy to sulfa drugs or wheat.
  • Do not take ethamsylate, if you develop fever with treatment; non-cancerous growths called fibroids in your womb; porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder that affects skin and other organs, and causes abdominal pain).
  • Avoid using ethamsylate, if you are pregnant or breast feeding a baby.
  • Do not use the product before onset of bleeding during periods.

Frequently asked questions

Famotidine

Q. Is famotidine a PPI/antacid/same as omeprazole/anticholinergic?
Famotidine belongs to a class of medication call antacids. It is not a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) or an anticholinergic. It is not the same as omeprazole.
Q. Is famotidine an over the counter or prescription drug?
Famotidine is an over the counter drug.
Q. Is famotidine safe? Does it expire?
Famotidine is safe when taken for an indication and at a dose strictly instructed by your doctor. It has an expiry date and should not be used beyond that date.
Q. Is famotidine better than ranitidine?
The doctor may prescribe either to you based on your symptoms. Please follow the instructions of your doctor.
Q. Can I take famotidine for gas/nausea/indigestion/diarrhea/heartburn/acid reflux?
Famotidine can be taken for heartburn or acid reflux at a dose strictly instructed by your doctor. It is not used for treating gas/nausea/indigestion/diarrhea.
Q. Does famotidine cause hair loss/constipation/drowsiness/diarrhea/bone loss/potentiate opioids?
Famotidine is not known to cause hair loss/bone loss/potentiate opioids. It may have some side effects like slight constipation/drowsiness/diarrhea. Please consult the doctor in case any side effect is observed.
Q. Is famotidine safe in pregnancy?
There are no studies in pregnant women showing safety of this drug. Inform your doctor immediately if you find that you are pregnant while taking the drug and follow the doctor’s instructions clearly as to further use.

 

Manufacturer Sun Pharma
Equivalent Brands Pepcid
Composition Famotidine
Discontinue Url No
Pack

28, 56, 84

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