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Generic Name: Famotidine Oral Suspension (fa-MOE-tih-deen)
Brand Name: Pepcid Oral Suspension

Famotidine Suspension is used for:

Treating and preventing ulcers of the stomach and upper small intestine; conditions that cause increased acid secretion (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome); gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, or the bubbling of stomach contents into the food pipe, which causes heartburn); and esophagitis (inflammation of the food pipe due to acid reflux). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Famotidine Suspension is an H2 (histamine) blocker. It works by reducing stomach acid by blocking one of the chemicals (histamine) that stimulates the release of acid into the stomach.

Do NOT use Famotidine Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Famotidine Suspension or other acid reducers (H2 blockers).

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Famotidine Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Famotidine Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney or liver problems.

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Famotidine Suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Cephalosporins (eg, cephalexin), itraconazole, or ketoconazole because their effectiveness may be decreased by Famotidine Suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Famotidine Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Famotidine Suspension:

Use Famotidine Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Famotidine Suspension by mouth with or without food.
  • Antacids may be used with Famotidine Suspension unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure this dose.
  • Continue to take Famotidine Suspension even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Famotidine Suspension, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Famotidine Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Famotidine Suspension may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Famotidine Suspension with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Never self-diagnose or self-treat ulcers with this or any other medicine.
  • Notify your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
  • You may need to make significant diet and lifestyle changes to help in the treat and prevent ulcers and other digestive problems, including stress-reduction programs, exercise, and diet changes.
  • Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood count, may be performed while you use Famotidine Suspension. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Famotidine Suspension with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Famotidine Suspension should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Famotidine Suspension while you are pregnant. Famotidine Suspension is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Famotidine Suspension.

Possible side effects of Famotidine Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; headache.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); convulsions (seizures).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Famotidine Suspension:

Store mixed suspension at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not freeze. Keep Famotidine Suspension in original container. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away unused suspension after 30 days. Keep Famotidine Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Famotidine Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Famotidine Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Famotidine Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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