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Composition for FAMOCHEW

Famotidine(10 mg),Calcium(NA),Magnesium(NA)

food interaction for FAMOCHEW

alcohol interaction for FAMOCHEW

pregnancy interaction for FAMOCHEW

lactation interaction for FAMOCHEW

food
alcohol
pregnancy
lactation
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Famochew tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS. BENEFITS
Famochew tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
SAFE

SALT INFORMATION for FAMOCHEW

Famotidine(10 mg)

Uses

Famotidine is used in the treatment of acidity, heartburn, intestinal ulcers and stomach ulcers.

How it works

Famotidine lowers the acid production in the stomach.

Common side effects

Facial swelling, Allergic reaction, Bruise, Bleeding, Abnormal breast enlargement in male, Discoloration of urine, Dizziness, Nausea, Fatigue, Headache, Altered heart rate, Impotence, Infection, Muscle disorder, Yellow discoloration of skin, Yellow discoloration of eye, Stomach pain, Vomiting, Constipation, Diarrhoea
Calcium(NA)

Uses

Calcium is used in the treatment of nutritional defeciencies.

How it works

Calcium containing preparations (including calcium salts such as, calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium lactate, calcium gluconate, and phosphate) belong to a group of medicines called calcium supplements. Calcium, stored mostly in bones and teeth, is required by the body for maintaining bones, muscles, nervous system, and healthy heart. 

Common side effects

Kidney stone, Flatulence, Abdominal bloating, Constipation, Nausea, Vomiting, Altered heart rate, Abnormal heart rhythm
Magnesium(NA)

Uses

Magnesium is used in the treatment of nutritional defeciencies.

How it works

Magnesium is essential to many enzymatic reactions in the body, acting as a cofactor in protein synthesis and carbohydrate metabolism. 8.36 g of Magnesium chloride (hexahydrate) is equivalent to about 1 g of magnesium. Each g of magnesium chloride (hexahydrate) represents about 4.9 mmol of magnesium and 9.8 mmol of chloride.

Common side effects

Nausea, Acute toxicity, Watery diarrhoea, Flushing, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Decreased blood pressure, Rash, Stomach upset, Vomiting

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Expert advice for FAMOCHEW

  • The Famotidine can be taken with or without food.
  • Famotidine is very effective in controlling stomach acid release in the midnight, so it is better to take Famotidine before going to bed.
  • Take Famotidine for the entire prescribed duration of the treatment, even if you begin to feel better
    If you are taking an antacid, take it 2 hours before or after the Famotidine.
  • Avoid drinking soft drinks, citrus products like orange and lemon, which irritate the stomach.
  • Quit smoking or at least do not smoke after taking the medicine, as it tends to decrease the effect of Famotidine by increasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking the Famotidine, as it increases the blood alcohol level.
  • Some laboratory tests may be affected by Famotidine. Notify your doctor that you are taking this medicine before you have any tests for skin allergies or tests to determine how much acid your stomach produces.
  • Patients with kidney disease may need to take a lower dose.

Frequently asked questions for FAMOCHEW

Famotidine

Q.Is famotidine a PPI/antacid/same as omeprazole/anticholinergic?
Famotidine belongs to a class of medication call antacids. It is not a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) or an anticholinergic. It is not the same as omeprazole

Q.Is famotidine an over the counter or prescription drug?
Famotidine is an over the counter drug

Q.Is famotidine safe?
Famotidine is safe when taken for an indication and at a dose strictly instructed by your doctor

Q.Does it expire?
It has an expiry date and should not be used beyond that date

Q.Is famotidine better than ranitidine?
The doctor may prescribe either to you based on your symptoms. Please follow the instructions of your doctor

Q.Can I take famotidine for gas/nausea/indigestion/diarrhea/heartburn/acid reflux?
Famotidine can be taken for heartburn or acid reflux at a dose strictly instructed by your doctor. It is not used for treating gas/nausea/indigestion/diarrhea

Q.Can I take lansoprazole /omeprazole /pantoprazole /azithromycin /tramadol /Cipro/ tums/doxycycline with famotidine?
It is not advisable to take lansoprazole/ omeprazole /pantoprazole / tums along with famotidine unless advised by the doctor. Famotidine is not known to interact with azithromycin/ tramadol/ Cipro/ doxycycline. Any combination with famotidine should be taken only if prescribed by the doctor

Q.Does famotidine cause hair loss/constipation/drowsiness/diarrhea/bone loss/potentiate opioids?
Famotidine is not known to cause hair loss/bone loss/potentiate opioids. It may have some side effects like slight constipation/drowsiness/diarrhea. Please consult the doctor in case any side effect is observed.

Calcium

Q.Is calcium tablet/ calcium sandoz good to take?
Yes, calcium tablet/ supplement is good if you take it for approved indications, in recommended dosage. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with Forteo?
Yes, you can take calcium with Forteo if it is recommended by your doctor. Forteo (teriparatide) is a man-made form of a hormone and used to treat thinning or weakening of the bone (osteoporosis). Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.What can I take for calcium in calcium deficiency?
Adequate dietary intake and/ or calcium supplement is recommended in patients with calcium deficiency. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding use of any calcium supplement

Q.Can I take calcium with milk?
Milk is one of the richest sources of calcium. Yes, patient can take calcium supplement with milk

Q.Can I take calcium with iron/ does calcium inhibit iron absorption?
No, iron supplement should not be taken with calcium supplements, as they interact to form non-absorbable complexes. They, however, can be taken at interval of 1 to 2 hours between them. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use when indicated together

Q.Can I take calcium with vitamin C?
There has been no study to prove interaction between Vitamin C and calcium. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with coffee/ tea?
No, coffee/ tea can reduce the absorption of calcium in the body

Q.Can I take calcium with magnesium?
No, patient should avoid concomitant administration of calcium along with magnesium. There could be increase in urinary calcium excretion when calcium is given along with magnesium. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with vitamin D?
Yes, calcium can be taken with vitamin D. It helps in absorption of calcium in the body

Q.Can I take calcium with metformin?
There has been no study that proved interaction between calcium and metformin. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with Synthroid?
You should avoid concomitant use of calcium and Synthroid within 4 hours. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take calcium with other supplements?
You should consult your doctor regarding use of other supplement along with calcium

Q.Does calcium help in weight loss/weight gain?
The results from the studies conducted do not report the role of calcium in weight loss or increase in weight. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Does calcium increase height/blood pressure?
No study has been reported on role of calcium in height gain or increase or decrease in blood pressure. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Does calcium tablet cause kidney stones?
Yes, calcium supplement may cause kidney stones if taken at larger dose or for prolonged duration. Always consult your doctor regarding its use

Q.Does calcium cause constipation?
Yes, use of calcium may cause constipation. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.

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Content on this page was last updated on 10 September, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)