Famotidine is approved to treat conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, and intestines (such as heartburn and ulcers). Available in over-the-counter and prescription forms, the medication can be taken once or twice a day, or as needed. Famotidine blocks the action of specific histamine receptors in the stomach, which reduces the amount of acid produced. Potential side effects include diarrhea, headaches, and dizziness.
What Is Famotidine?
Famotidine (Pepcid®) is a medication that is available in both prescription and over-the-counter forms. It is used to treat several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Famotidine is part of a class of drugs known as H2 blockers.
Side Effects of Famotidine
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with famotidine. However, not everyone who takes the medicine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
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