What is Famotidine?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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See also: Heartburn Relief Pepcid AC

Famotidine is inhibits gastric secretions and is used as maintenance therapy and treatment of duodenal ulcer; treatment of gastroesophageal reflux, active benign gastric ulcer, and pathological hypersecretory conditions. OTC it is used for relief of heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Acid reflux 82 40
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 52 30
Heartburn 51 27
Nausea 12 8
Bowel irritability 5 0

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  • 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 1
Moderate 3
Mild 0
None 99

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Famotidine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Bacterial overgrowth syndrome 1
Blurry vision 1
Drowsiness 1
Feeling faint (presyncope) 1
Headaches 1
Menorrhagia 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Famotidine

Dosage Patients Percentage
40 mg daily 6
20 mg daily 5
20 mg twice daily 4
10 mg daily 3
5 mg daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
2 x 20 mg/50 mL daily 1
20mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Famotidine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 20
Other 19
Course of treatment ended 16
Doctor's advice 16
Expense 2
Personal research 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Famotidine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Famotidine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 83
Usually 14
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 89
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 51
Not specified 51

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Famotidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 7
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 5
Ranitidine (Ranitidine OTC) 5
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1
Calcium Carbonate (Tums) 1

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Patients stopped taking Famotidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 3
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 2
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 1
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Famotidine

Feb 2, 2013 (Started Jan 16, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acid reflux)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for heartburn)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: When I first started taking this it worked really well but over time its effectiveness was less and less until it didn't work well at all. Was switched to prescription omiprizole.

Jan 17, 2013 (Started Jan 16, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for heartburn)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 18, 2011 (Started Jun 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for heartburn)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 13, 2010 (Started Mar 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heartburn)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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