What is Pepcid
Famotidine is in
a group of drugs called histamine-2 blockers. Famotidine 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.
What are the
possible side effects of Pepcid (Famotidine)?
medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic
reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face,
lips, tongue, or throat.
famotidine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious
side effect such as:
easy bruising or bleeding
fast or pounding heartbeat
confusion, hallucinations, seizure
numbness or tingly feeling; or
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
dizziness, weakness, mood changes
muscle cramps, joint pain
This is not a
complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your
doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.
drugs affect Pepcid (Famotidine)?
Tell your doctor
about all other medications you use, especially:
ketoconazole (Nizoral); or
aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve,
Naprosyn), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine),
indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), piroxicam (Feldene),
This list is not
complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with
famotidine. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and
over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal
products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a
new medication without telling your doctor.
I avoid while taking Pepcid (Famotidine)?
alcohol. It can increase the risk of damage to your stomach.
cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), or nizatidine (Axid)
while you are taking famotidine, unless your doctor has told you
cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions.
Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be
awake and alert.