famotidine, Pepcid, Pepcid AC (cont.)

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Esophagitis is treated with 20 or 40 mg twice daily for up to 12 weeks. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is treated with 20 mg every 6 hours, and doses up to 160 mg every 6 hours have been used in some patients.

GERD is treated with 20 mg twice daily for up to 6 weeks. Occasional heartburn is treated with 10-20 mg daily administered 15 to 60 minutes before ingestion of food or beverages that cause heartburn.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Famotidine, like other drugs that reduce stomach acid, may interfere with the absorption of drugs that require acid for adequate absorption. Examples include iron salts (for example iron sulphate), itraconazole (Sporanox), and ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric).

PREGNANCY: Use of famotidine during pregnancy has not been adequately evaluated.

NURSING MOTHERS: Famotidine is secreted into breast milk. Due to the potential but unknown harm that famotidine might cause to the infant, nursing mothers should consider discontinuing famotidine.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/30/2014


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