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Alternatives to Cimetidine

For most people, cimetidine is quite effective at treating GERD, ulcers, or other digestive problems. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to cimetidine. Some examples of substitute medications include:
Other alternatives to cimetidine include diet changes (see GERD Diet) and surgery (for more serious problems).
(Click Cimetidine Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for cimetidine. Click Treatment Options for GERD to learn about other ways of managing GERD.)


People who take too much cimetidine may have overdose symptoms that could include:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Coma
  • Loss of life.
If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Cimetidine Overdose for more information.)

Storage Methods

It should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture or heat. Cimetidine tablets and oral solution should be kept in an airtight container.
Keep cimetidine and all medications out of the reach of children.
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