GERD Home > General Information on Famotidine
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?You should talk with your healthcare provider before taking famotidine if you have:
- Kidney problems, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Famotidine and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Famotidine and Breastfeeding).
- Duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the first part of the intestine after the stomach) -- The medication can be used to treat a duodenal ulcer and also to prevent ulcers from coming back.
- Gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers) -- Famotidine is approved to treat benign (noncancerous) gastric ulcers.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- The medicine can help to relieve heartburn and heal esophagitis (damage to the esophagus) due to GERD.
- Pathological hypersecretory conditions -- Famotidine helps to treat these conditions (which occur when too much stomach acid is produced), such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
- Acid indigestion
- Sour stomach.