Famotidine (also known as Pepsid) is prescribed for the short-term treatment of active duodenal ulcer in the upper intestine for 1-2 months and for active benign gastric ulcers in the stomach for 1.5-2 months. It is also used for short-term treatment of GERD, a condition in which the acid contents of the stomach flow back into the esophagus, and resulting inflammation of the esophagus.

Femotidine belongs to a group of drugs known as histamine H2 blockers. To treat ulcers, people should take Pepsid (Famotidine) for the entire treatment session as prescribed by your doctor. It may take several days for Famotidine to begin relieving stomach pain. If you are taking Pepsid suspension, you should shake it thoroughly for 5-10 seconds before use.

Side effects can be: acne, abdominal discomfort, anxiety, breast development in males, altered taste, diarrhea, dizziness, dry skin, loss of appetite, bone, joint, and muscle pain, ringing in the ears, weakness and others. You should contact your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms of Famotidine. You should avoid this drug if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it in the past.

If Pepsid is used with certain other drugs such as Sporanox, Nisoral, the effects of either can be decreased, increased, or altered. The effects of Famotidine during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. Women who are nursing should notify their doctor, who will decide whether Pepsid dosage should be adjusted or used at all. In patients with kidneys that aren’t functioning properly, a doctor should adjust the dosage.

Keep Famotidine away from light, heat, and moisture. Do not allow the Pepsid suspension to freeze. The average dose of Pepsid is 5 milliliters (40mg) or 1 teaspoonful once a day at bedtime.

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