Famotidine (Pepcid®) is a medication used for treating certain conditions related to the stomach, esophagus, and intestines. Some of the specific conditions that can be treated with the prescription version include:
- Gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the first part of the intestine after the stomach).
The over-the-counter (OTC) version is approved to treat:
- Acid indigestion
- Sour stomach.
The medication comes in the form of a tablet. Depending on the condition being treated, it is taken once or twice a day. It's important to review famotidine's safety information with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. This medication may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical conditions, such as kidney problems or any allergies, and if you are taking any other medications, including nonprescription drugs.
(For more information on this medication, including how it works and what to expect during treatment, click Famotidine.)