What Is Nizatidine Used For?

Many people wonder, "What is nizatidine used for?" Nizatidine is used for treating a number of conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. The prescription version is licensed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcers, while the over-the-counter version is used to treat sour stomach, heartburn, and acid indigestion. Among the off-label uses for nizatidine is the treatment of H. pylori infections.

What Is Nizatidine Used For? -- An Overview

Nizatidine (Axid®) is a medication that is available in both prescription and over-the-counter forms. It is used to treat conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Some specific nizatidine uses include the treatment or prevention of the following conditions:
 
Over-the-counter nizatidine is approved for treating the following conditions in people 12 years of age and older:
 
  • Heartburn
  • Acid indigestion
  • Sour stomach.
     
Nizatidine for Ulcers
Ulcers can occur in several places in the digestive tract. One common place for an ulcer is in the duodenum (the upper part of the intestine just after the stomach). This type of ulcer is called a duodenal ulcer. Another common place to have an ulcer is the stomach. This is called a stomach ulcer or gastric ulcer. "Peptic ulcer" is a term that includes both duodenal ulcers and stomach ulcers.
 
There are many ulcer causes, including medications, infections, and diseases. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, are a common cause of stomach ulcers. The bacteria Helicobacter pylori (or H. pylori) can also cause ulcers. Certain conditions that cause increased stomach acid production can also cause ulcers.
 
Some common ulcer symptoms include abdominal pain (or stomach pain) and heartburn symptoms -- both of which are especially common at night -- and loss of appetite. Bleeding ulcers symptoms can include dizziness, vomiting blood, and blood in the stool (seen as dark-colored stools). Some people may not have any symptoms of an ulcer.
 
Nizatidine is approved to treat both duodenal ulcers and stomach ulcers. However, duodenal ulcers are the only type of ulcers that nizatidine is approved to help prevent.

Nizatidine (Axid)

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