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 10 4
Acid reflux 8 6
GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) 4 2
Heartburn 3 1
Cholinergic Urticaria 2 0
Chronic Idiopathic Hives 2 1

Show all 19 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
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cimetidine

Side effect Patients
Pain in breast 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cimetidine

Dosage Patients
400 mg daily 2
200 mg/20 mL weekly 1
200 mg daily 1
600 mg daily 1
800 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Cimetidine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 6
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 4
Other 4
Expense 3
Personal research 2
See all 18 patients who’ve stopped taking Cimetidine

Duration

Currently taking Cimetidine

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Cimetidine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 8
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 1
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 8
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Cimetidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 1
Rabeprazole (Aciphex) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Cimetidine

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Chigi
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Chigi
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: None
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:M55y
FM:9y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Chigi's full Cimetidine history

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

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

See Rejoice's full Cimetidine history

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

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