What is Cimetidine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Cimetidine, a histamine-2 receptor antagonist is used to treat and prevent duodenal and gastric ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux (GER); to treat H. pylori in combination with other drugs. The over the counter product is used to prevent or relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, or sour stomach.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Gastritis 51 4
Chronic idiopathic hives 23 1
Acid reflux 11 10
Chemical/venom allergy 7 0
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 5 2
Cholinergic urticaria 3 0

Show all 23 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cimetidine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 1
Episodic dizziness 1
Flatulence 1
Nausea 1
Pain in breast 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cimetidine

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg daily 1
600 mg daily 1
400 mg twice daily 1
800 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Cimetidine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Did not seem to work 6
Other 4
Expense 3
Personal research 2
See all 21 patients who've stopped taking Cimetidine

Duration

Currently taking Cimetidine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Cimetidine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 19
Usually 1
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 15
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cimetidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 1
Ranitidine (Ranitidine OTC) 1

Patients stopped taking Cimetidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 2
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 1
Rabeprazole (Aciphex) 1
Ranitidine OTC (Zantac 150) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Cimetidine

Mar 9, 2011 (Started Oct 20, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 22, 2010 (Started Oct 20, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It seems to help with the acid reflux at night and heart burn in the day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 19, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 1983)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acid reflux)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for gastric ulcer)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Besides not working very well to relieve ulcer flare-ups, it interacts with most other medications.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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