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Cimetidine is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as H2 blockers. It reduces the amount of acid produced by the stomach. The medication is available in prescription and non-prescription strengths. Prescription cimetidine is used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions. The over-the-counter version is used to treat heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach. A few side effects of the drug include drowsiness, headache, and dizziness.
- Duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the very first part of the intestine after the stomach): It can be used to treat a duodenal ulcer and also to prevent ulcers from coming back.
- Gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers): It is approved to treat benign (non-cancerous) gastric ulcers.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): It helps treat GERD, helping to relieve heartburn and heal esophagitis (damage to the esophagus) due to GERD.
- Pathological hypersecretory conditions: It helps to treat these conditions (in which too much stomach acid is produced), such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
- Acid indigestion
- Sour stomach.