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There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Taking a large amount of alcohol can increase acidity and cause acid reflux in the food pipe causing heartburn. This would decrease the effect of this drug and can aggravate your underlying condition.
UNSAFE
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.
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SALT INFORMATION FOR FAMOCHEW

Famotidine(10mg)

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

Headache, Muscle pain, Fatigue, Diarrhoea, Drowsiness, Constipation
Calcium(NA)

Uses

Calcium is used in the treatment of nutritional deficiencies

How it works

Calcium provides essential nutrients

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 deficiencies

How it works

Magnesium provides essential nutrients

Common side effects

Nausea, Acute toxicity, Watery diarrhoea, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Gastrointestinal discomfort, Decreased blood pressure, Rash, Stomach upset, Vomiting

SUBSTITUTES FOR FAMOCHEW

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Expert advice FOR FAMOCHEW

  • Famotidine is a well tolerated and safe medicine with a very low incidence of side effects.
  • Take Famotidine before going to bed if you are taking this medicine once a day as it is very effective in controlling stomach acid released in the midnight.
  • If you are also taking an antacid, take it two hours before or after taking Famotidine.
  • Avoid taking soft drinks, citrus fruits like orange and lemon, which can irritate the stomach and increase acid secretion.
  • Inform your doctor if you do not feel better after taking Famotidine for two weeks or 14 days as you may be suffering from some other problems.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease. Dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.

Frequently asked questions FOR FAMOCHEW

Famotidine

Q. What is the difference between famotidine and pantoprazole?
Famotidine is an H2 histamine receptor blocker whereas pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. Pantoprazole is more potent at inhibiting gastric acid production compared to famotidine and also its effect lasts for a long time.
Q. How is famotidine different from cimetidine?
Both famotidine and cimetidine lower gastric acid secretion by blocking the H2 receptor in the stomach. However, famotidine is longer acting, more efficacious, and has very fewer side effects when compared to cimetidine.
Q. Can I take famotidine with ibuprofen?
Famotidine can be taken with ibuprofen as no harmul effects have been seen when they are used together. Ibuprofen is a pain killer and belongs to the group of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents) and you should be careful while taking NSAIDs as they are strong gastric acid stimulators and would increase the gastric acid secretion and further worsen your underlying condition.
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Q. Would there be a change in the dose of famotidine in patients undergoing dialysis?
In patients with severe renal failure, a lowering of a dose of famotidine to one-third is recommended, however, patients who undergo dialysis do not need to add a dose even if there is a considerable variation in the clearance of the drug from the body in these patients.
Q. Can I take famotidine with aspirin?
Famotidine can be taken with aspirin as no harmful effects have been seen when they are used together. However, aspirin is a pain killer and belongs to the group of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents) which are strong gastric acid stimulators and can worsen your underlying condition by increasing gastric acid secretion.
Q. Why does famotidine cause dizziness?
Dizziness is seen in >1% pf patients who use famotidine. The exact mechanism of how famotidine causes dizziness is not known. However, the suggested mechanism is through blockade of H2 receptor located in the brain (cerebral cortex and corpus striatum). Do not drive or use any machinery in case you feel dizzy while taking famotidine.
Q. What is the role of famotidine before surgery?
Famotidine is given as a part of pre-anesthetic medication before surgery to decrease the gastric acid secretion so that gastric acid is not aspirated into the lungs during surgery.
Q. What are the side effects of intravenous famotidine?
Headache, dizziness, diarrhea, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal discomfort, fatigue, and urticaria are some of the side effects reported with the use of intravenous famotidine.
Q. When does famotidine start working?
When taken orally, famotidine is rapidly and incompletely absorbed and it starts working in approximately 1-3 hours and when given intravenous, it starts working in 30 minutes and the effect stays for 10-12 hours.
Q. Can I take famotidine with ranitidine?
Both famotidine and ranitidine lower gastric acid secretion by blocking the H2 receptor in the stomach. They are not used together as they have a similar action and use and when used together, there could be an increased risk of side effects.
Q. What is the role of famotidine in critically ill patients?
Famotidine may be used in critically ill patients to reduce the risk of acute gastrointestinal bleeding, ulceration and gastric acid secretion, so as to further prevent the risk of acid aspiration.
Q. What is the best time to take famotidine?
The best time to take famotidine when given once a day is before going to bed, as it is very effective in reducing the night time acid secretion. If you are asked to take this medicine twice daily, then it can be taken once in the morning and other in the evening.
Q. What is the difference between famotidine and esomeprazole?
Famotidine is an H2 histamine receptor blocker whereas esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. Esomeprazole is more potent at inhibiting gastric acid production compared to famotidine and also its effect lasts for a long time.
Q. What are the side effects of famotidine in elderly?
Headache and dizziness are common side effects reported with famotidine use. Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal discomfort, fatigue, and urticaria are some of the other adverse effects reported.
Q. Is famotidine an over the counter product?
Famotidine is not available as an over the counter (OTC) product. It is a prescription medicine and is available when prescribed by a doctor.
Q. Are there any withdrawal symptoms associated with the use of famotidine?
Famotidine is not seen to be associated with any withdrawal symptoms. In treatment-withdrawal studies of famotidine, no significant withdrawal symptoms were observed after discontinuing the medication.
Q. Why is famotidine added to total parenteral nutrition?
Patients on total parenteral nutrition are prone to increased secretion of gastric acid in the absence of food. H2 receptor blockers like famotidine is given in these patients to reduce acid secretion and to prevent gastric ulcers.
Q. Where and how is famotidine absorbed and metabolized?
Famotidine is absorbed from the intestine and is metabolized in the liver where it gets degraded to an inactive sulfoxide metabolite.
Q. What are the side effects of famotidine seen in infants?
Irritability, lethargy, diarrhea, dry mouth, vomiting, constipation, abdominal discomfort, fatigue, and urticaria are some of the side effects reported with the use of famotidine in infants (children less than 1 year of age).
Q. Why is famotidine used in cancer patients?
Famotidine may be used for multiple reasons in cancer patients. It can be used to reduce gastric ulceration, bleeding and gastric acid volume in patients undergoing chemotherapy to prevent aspiration. Some studies also show evidence that famotidine can potentiate white blood cell against cancer cells and can be helpful in the treatment of cancer.
Q. When does famotidine expire?
Yes, famotidine does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack and it refers to the last day of that month. Do not use omeprazole after the expiry date.

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
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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 08 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)