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 80 41
Heartburn 50 26
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 46 25
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
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 0
None 95

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Famotidine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 1
Menorrhagia 1
Restless legs syndrome 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Famotidine

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 15
20 mg twice daily 14
20 mg daily 10
10 mg daily 3
40 mg twice daily 3
2 x 40 mg/5 mL daily 2
10mg as needed 2
2 tablet(s) daily 1
5 mg daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Famotidine

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 18
Did not seem to work 18
Other 17
Doctor's advice 15
Expense 2
Personal research 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 61 patients who've stopped taking Famotidine

Duration

Currently taking Famotidine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Famotidine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 77
Usually 14
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 83
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 49
Not specified 47

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Famotidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 6
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 3
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1
Calcium Carbonate (Tums EX) 1
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Famotidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
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 heartburn)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acid reflux)
  • 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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