Famotidine suspension

Pronunciation

Generic Name: famotidine (fa-MOE-tih-deen)
Brand Name: Pepcid Oral Suspension

Famotidine suspension is used for:

Treating and preventing ulcers. It is also used to treat conditions that cause increased acid secretion (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and esophagitis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Famotidine suspension is an H2 (histamine) blocker. It works by reducing stomach acid by blocking one of the chemicals (histamine) that stimulates the release of acid into the stomach.

Do NOT use famotidine suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in famotidine suspension or to other H2 blockers (eg, ranitidine)
  • you are taking dasatinib

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using famotidine suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with famotidine suspension. 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 kidney or liver problems.

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with famotidine suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Dasatinib because its effectiveness may be decreased by famotidine suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if famotidine suspension 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 famotidine suspension:

Use famotidine suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take famotidine suspension by mouth with or without food.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure this dose.
  • If you take atazanavir, erlotinib, itraconazole, ketoconazole, or rilpivirine, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with famotidine suspension.
  • Ask your doctor before taking antacids or other acid reducers with famotidine suspension.
  • If you miss a dose of famotidine suspension, take 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 take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use famotidine suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Famotidine suspension may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use famotidine suspension with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Notify your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
  • You may need to make significant diet and lifestyle changes to help treat and prevent ulcers and other digestive problems, including stress-reduction programs, exercise, and diet changes.
  • Use famotidine suspension with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using famotidine suspension while you are pregnant. Famotidine suspension is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking famotidine suspension.

Possible side effects of famotidine suspension:

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:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; headache.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); irregular heartbeat; seizures.

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.

Proper storage of famotidine suspension:

Store mixed suspension at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not freeze. Keep famotidine suspension in original container. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away unused suspension after 30 days. Keep famotidine suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about famotidine suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Famotidine suspension 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 famotidine suspension 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 famotidine suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to famotidine suspension. 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 famotidine suspension.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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.

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