How Does Famotidine Work?

Famotidine medicine is a histamine two blocker. Famotidine works by reducing the quantity of acid produced in the stomach. It is utilized to inhibit or treat ulcers of the intestine or stomach. This medicine is also used in treatment of conditions whereby the stomach releases excess acid like Zollinger Ellison syndrome. This medicine is also used to treat gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), including other conditions where acid retreats back from the stomach to esophagus and causing heartburn.
Famotidine medicine works by blocking histamine effects on H2 cells found in stomach lining. The function of H2 cells is to release stomach acids.

How Does Famotidine Work?

How Effective is Famotidine?

Famotidine is used for effectively treating active gastric and duodenal ulcers. Famotidine is also used in maintenance treatment of ulcers of the duodenum. Famotidine is also utilized in short symptom relief of esophagitis, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hyper secretory problems like Zollinger -Ellison Syndrome. Famotidine medicine can also be added to antacid medications.

  • May be used with antacids to alleviate pain related to gastric acid disorders.
  • Can be taken on empty stomach or after a meal.
  • Can be used for short term treatment plan or ad directed by your physician.

The response and effectiveness of famotidine is excellent. Famotidine will suppress gastric acid within one hour after taking it. Complete effect of Famotidine depends with the dose but it is felt between 1 to 3 hours. These effects will last between 10 to 12 hours after taking a single dose.

If you are allergic to this medicine do not use it. Also do not take Famotidine if you are allergic to other medicines of this kind such as Nizatidine ( Axid), Ranitidine ( Zantac) or Cimetidine ( Tagamet).

Before using Famotidine, you should inform your physician if you are suffering from liver or kidney disease, cancer of the stomach, or have history of Long QT syndrome and other diseases such as COPD, asthma or other breathing issues.

Famotidine medicine is part of a complete treatment plan which involves change in lifestyle or eating habit. Adhere strictly to the instructions given by your doctor.

In most cases, heartburn is confused with first signs of heart attack. You should seek immediate medical attention when you have heavy feeling or chest pains, nausea, pain that spreads to your shoulders or arms, sweating and feeling sick generally.

Things to Note Before Using Famotidine

In most cases, heartburn is confused with first signs of heart attack. You should seek immediate medical attention when you have heavy feeling or chest pains, nausea, pain that spreads to your shoulders or arms, sweating and feeling sick generally.

Also do not take Famotidine if you are allergic to other medicines of this kind such as Nizatidine (Axid), Ranitidine (Zantac) or Cimetidine (Tagamet).

You should request your pharmacist or physician if you are safe to take Famotidine while you suffer from other medical conditions, more so if it is liver disease, kidney disease, cancer of the stomach or if you have history of Long QT syndrome.

What are the Side Effects of Famotidine?

Seek emergency medical assistance if you experience any allergic reactions to this medicine; such as breathing difficulty, hives and swelling of the lips, throat tongue and face.

Stop using famotidine and call your doctor at once if you have:

Stop taking Famotidine and contact your doctor at once if you experience:

  • Severe dizziness
  • Pounding or fast heartbeats
  • Unexplained muscle weakness, pain and tenderness
  • Dark coloured urine or unusual fever and fatigue.
  • Also do not take Famotidine if you are allergic to other medicines of this kind such as Nizatidine (Axid), Ranitidine (Zantac) or Cimetidine ( Tagamet).

Common side effects of Famotidine includes:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea or constipation.

People between the age of 18 and 60 who do not have other serious health problems & are not taking any other medicines are likely to have side effects of famotidine such as dizziness, headache, and gastrointestinal side effects like diarrhea and constipation. Other side effects are not common in this age group.

Conclusion

Famotidine medicine is an acid suppressant agent that is prescribed for effectively treating a wide scope of problems linked to gastric acid disorders.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: August 3, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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