nizatidine, Axid, Axid AR

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GENERIC NAME: nizatidine

BRAND NAME: Axid, Axid AR

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Nizatidine is an oral drug that blocks the action of histamine on stomach cells and reduces their production of acid. It belongs to a class of drugs called H2 blockers that also includes cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), and famotidine (Pepcid). Histamine is a naturally-occurring chemical that stimulates stomach cells to produce acid. H2-blockers inhibit the action of histamine on stomach cells, thus reducing the production of acid by the stomach. Since excessive stomach acid can cause or worsen stomach and duodenal ulcers, reducing stomach acid prevents ulcer formation and helps ulcers to heal. The FDA approved nizatidine in April 1988.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes, 150 mg, 300 mg and solution: no, 75 mg

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS:

  • Prescription tablets: 75 mg;
  • Prescription capsule: 150 and 300 mg;
  • Prescription solution: 15 mg/ml.
  • Nonprescription tablets; 75 mg.

STORAGE: Nizatidine should be stored at room temperature, between 15 and 30 C (59 and 86 F) in a tightly closed container.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Nizatidine is used for treating active duodenal and gastric ulcers as well as preventing the recurrence of duodenal ulcers. It also is used for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).




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