Famotidine – Oral

Why do I need this medicine?

Famotidine is a gastric medicine.


It is used to treat conditions caused by excessive acidity in your stomach, such as ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (upper portion of the small intestine) and reflux disease (also known as “heartburn”, in which there is a backward flow of food or acid from your stomach into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste).


Famotidine treats these conditions by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes.


How do I take this medicine?

Take Famotidine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.


You may need to take Famotidine for some time before the full benefits can be felt.


Famotidine may be taken with or without food or at bedtime.


What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.


DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.


If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.


What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease.


Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Do not take Famotidine for more than 2 weeks unless directed by your doctor. Let your doctor know if your gastric problem seems to be getting worse or if there is no improvement even with Famotidine.


What side effects could I experience?

Famotidine may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.


Other side effects include any of the following: headache, constipation and diarrhoea. These are usually temporary and should go away when Famotidine is stopped.


Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.


Can I take this with other medicines?

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.


What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.


How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.


Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.