an alcohol abuse probem
other chronic illness
an unusual or allergic reaction to famotidine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take Famotidine:
Take famotidine oral suspension by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake the bottle for 5 to 10 seconds. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one; household spoons are not always accurate. If you only take famotidine once a day, take it at bedtime. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take Famotidine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of Famotidine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose:
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What drug(s) may interact with famotidine:
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking famotidine:
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Rare or uncommon:
skin rash, itching
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What should I watch for while taking famotidine:
Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your condition does not improve or gets worse. Finish the full course of suspension prescribed, even if you feel better.
Do not self-medicate with aspirin, ibuprofen or other antiinflammatory medicines; these can aggravate your condition.
Do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol; these increase irritation in your stomach and can lengthen the time it will take for ulcers to heal. Cigarettes and alcohol can also worsen acid reflux or heartburn.
If you need to take an antacid you should take it at least 1 hour before or 1 hour after famotidine. Famotidine will not be as effective if taken at the same time as an antacid.
If you get black, tarry stools or vomit up what looks like coffee grounds, call your prescriber or health care professional at once. You may have a bleeding ulcer.
Where can I keep Famotidine:
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open