What is Famotidine?

Category: Prescription 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 69 34
Heartburn 47 22
GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) 37 16
Nausea 12 8
Bowel irritability 5 0
Indigestion 5 1

Show all 55 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 2
Mild 0
None 79

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Famotidine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 1
Menorrhagia 1
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Famotidine

Dosage Patients
20 mg twice daily 11
40 mg daily 11
20 mg daily 7
10 mg daily 4
40 mg twice daily 3
10mg as needed 2
40 mg/5 mL daily 1
2 x 40 mg/5 mL daily 1
80 mg daily 1
800-10-165 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Famotidine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 15
Other 15
Course of treatment ended 14
Doctor's advice 12
Expense 2
Personal research 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 51 patients who’ve stopped taking Famotidine

Duration

Currently taking Famotidine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Famotidine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 65
Usually 10
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 9
Not at all hard to take 68
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 38
Not specified 42

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Famotidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 4
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 3
Calcium Carbonate (Tums EX) 1
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 1
Rabeprazole (Aciphex) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Famotidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 3
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 1
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Famotidine

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Lakotawoman
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Lakotawoman
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Most
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F50y
FM:5y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Feb 2, 2013 (Started Jan 16, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Heartburn)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for GERD (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 GERD (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
Tina Terrell
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Tina Terrell
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 47y
  • Organ: Kidney
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
  1. Kidney : 6y Transplanted
I have:
Kidney Transplant

See Tina Terrell's full Famotidine history

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
kljones
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kljones
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: None
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: n
I have:
MS

See kljones's full Famotidine history

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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