Treatment Tips for Famotidine

Pepcid Complete Dosage Information

Pepcid Complete® (a combination of famotidine and two antacids) is intended to treat heartburn or indigestion symptoms once they occur. For adults and children ages 12 and over, the recommended dose is one tablet when symptoms occur, up to two tablets per day. Make sure to chew the tablets thoroughly before swallowing.

General Famotidine Dosing Information

Following are some general considerations for people taking famotidine:
  • A liquid form of prescription famotidine is available for people who have trouble swallowing capsules or tablets. Make sure to shake the liquid well before each dose. Liquid famotidine is good for 30 days after it is mixed by your pharmacist. After 30 days, it should be thrown away.
  • Be sure to ask your healthcare provider about how long you will need to take famotidine. Some people need to take it for only a short period of time (a month or two).
  • The medication can be taken with or without food. If you are using it to prevent heartburn, you should take it 10 minutes to 60 minutes before eating or drinking the foods that cause heartburn (up to twice a day).
  • Famotidine should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood. If you take it just once a day, it is usually best to take at bedtime.
  • For famotidine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The drug will not work if you stop taking it. However, many people need to take famotidine only until their ulcer or esophagitis is healed.
  • Famotidine dosing is decreased for people who have poor kidney function (including kidney failure). If you have kidney problems, ask your healthcare provider about which dose of famotidine you should be taking.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or famotidine dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Famotidine Information

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