Axid is used to treat certain conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. The drug, which is available both by prescription and over-the-counter, is commonly used to treat duodenal or gastric ulcers, GERD, heartburn, and acid indigestion. By blocking a specific kind of histamine receptor, Axid reduces the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Side effects include headaches, sore throat, and diarrhea.
Axid® (nizatidine) is a medication that is available in prescription and over-the-counter forms. It is used to treat several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. The medication is part of a class of drugs known as H2 blockers.
Prescription Axid capsules are made by Reliant Pharmaceuticals, while prescription Axid® Oral Solution is made by Braintree Laboratories. Over-the-counter Axid® AR is made by Whitehall-Robins. Generic versions of the drug are made by several manufacturers.
Uses of prescription Axid include the treatment of:
- Duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the first part of the intestine after the stomach) -- Axid can be used to treat a duodenal ulcer and also to prevent ulcers from coming back.
- Gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers) -- The medication is approved to treat benign (noncancerous) gastric ulcers.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- Axid helps treat GERD by relieving heartburn and healing esophagitis (damage to the esophagus) due to GERD.
Over-the-counter Axid is approved for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Acid indigestion
- Sour stomach.
The over-the-counter version can be used to treat these problems once they have started. Also, the medicine can be used to prevent these problems if it is taken before eating or drinking foods that cause heartburn.