GENERIC NAME: famotidine
BRAND NAME: Pepcid, Pepcid AC, Acid Reducer, Heartburn Relief
PRESCRIPTION: Yes, OTC
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes.
USES: Famotidine blocks the action of histamine on stomach cells, and reduces the production of acid by the stomach. Famotidine is useful in promoting the healing of stomach and duodenal ulcers and in reducing ulcer pain. Famotidine has been effective in preventing recurrence of ulcers when given in low doses for prolonged periods of time. Famotidine also is used for treating heartburn and in healing ulceration and inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis) resulting from acid (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD). High doses are used for treating conditions in which there are marked increases in acid secretion such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Over-the-counter preparations are used for treatment and prevention of occasional heartburn associated with acid indigestion (another name for GERD).
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of famotidine are rare. The most commonly reported minor side effects are:
Other important side effects include:
More serious side effects include:
- irregular heartbeat,
- visual changes, and
- yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).
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