Generic Name: cimetidine (sye-MET-i-deen)
Brand Name: Generics only. No brands available.
Cimetidine solution is used for:
Treating and preventing ulcers of the stomach and small intestine, and relieving symptoms associated with conditions that cause increased acid secretion (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome) in patients who cannot take or do not respond to oral medicine. It is also used for preventing stomach bleeding in critically ill patients. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Cimetidine solution is an H2 (histamine) blocker. It works by blocking one of the chemicals, histamine, that stimulates the release of acid into the stomach. This reduces acidity in the stomach.
Do NOT use cimetidine solution if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in cimetidine solution
- you are taking cisapride, dofetilide, or a nitrosoureas (eg, carmustine)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using cimetidine solution:
Some medical conditions may interact with cimetidine solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have liver or kidney problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with cimetidine solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Many prescription medicines (eg, those used for angina, asthma, arrhythmias, blood thinning, cancer, erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure, infections, pain, psychiatric disorders, seizures, other conditions) may interact with cimetidine solution, increasing the risk of side effects, some potentially life-threatening.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if cimetidine solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use cimetidine solution:
Use cimetidine solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Cimetidine solution is usually given as an injection at your doctors office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using cimetidine solution at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use cimetidine solution. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- If cimetidine solution contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
- If you also take cephalosporin (eg, cephalexin), itraconazole, or ketoconazole, take it at least 2 hours before taking cimetidine solution. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of cimetidine solution, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use cimetidine solution.
Important safety information:
- Cimetidine solution may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use cimetidine solution with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- It may be necessary to make significant lifestyle changes to assist in the treatment and prevention of ulcers and other digestive problems that include stress-reduction programs, exercise, and dietary changes.
- If your symptoms do not get better within a few days, or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Never self-diagnose or self-treat ulcers with this or any other medicine.
- Notify your doctor if you experience black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using cimetidine solution.
- Do not smoke or use other tobacco products while using cimetidine solution.
- Additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be necessary if you are also taking zaleplon.
- Use cimetidine solution with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Cimetidine solution should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 16 years old; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using cimetidine solution while you are pregnant. Cimetidine solution is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking cimetidine solution.
Possible side effects of cimetidine solution:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); agitation; anxiety; breast enlargement; breast lumps; confusion; depression; disorientation; fatigue; hallucinations; hair loss; joint or muscle pain; pain, redness or swelling at injection site; skin flushing or redness; sexual difficulties; slow or fast heartbeat.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing; fast heartbeat; restlessness; tremors; vomiting.Proper storage of cimetidine solution:
Cimetidine solution is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using cimetidine solution at home, store cimetidine solution as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep cimetidine solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about cimetidine solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Cimetidine solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take cimetidine solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about cimetidine solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to cimetidine solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using cimetidine solution.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.