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It is indicated in duodenal ulcer (a sore on the first part of the small intestine) and benign (non-cancerous) gastric ulcers (sores on stomach lining), Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a rare digestive disorder that results in excessive gastric acid). It is also used to prevent relapse of duodenal ulcer and for prevention and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (a disorder that causes the digestive juices, foods, or fluids back up from the stomach into the esophagus).
Headache, dizziness, constipation (difficulty in passing stool), diarrhea (watery stools), nausea, rash, GI upset, abdominal discomfort, anorexia (eating disorder), fatigue, liver enzyme abnormalities, angioedema, arthralgia (joint pain), muscle cramp are some of its side effects. Reversible gynecomastia (enlargement of breasts tissues in males), toxic epidermal necrolysis (a rare and serious skin condition), AV block (a type of heart block, in which there is an interruption in transmission of impulse from atrium to ventricle).
It is contraindicated in patients who are allergic to histamine and in patients with stomach cancer, moderate and severe kidney disease, and kidney failure.
It is a H2 blocker and works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.
Do not take this medication with other products containing famotidine or other H2 blockers.
In adults it may cause dizziness, headache, constipation (difficulty in passing stool) or diarrhea (watery stools). In children it may cause agitation (nervousness), restlessness and crying for no reason.
It can be taken with or without food. To prevent heartburn take it 15-60 minutes before eating or drinking beverages that may cause indigestion.
Do not take more than 2 doses in 24 hours, unless directed otherwise.
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