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Famotidine for Acid Reflux & Heartburn
Famotidine works quickly to relieve symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux caused by an overproduction of stomach acid. Available to buy online today from The Independent Pharmacy, when you complete a free health consultation for one of our medical team and get your treatment delivered to you at home.
What is Famotidine?
Famotidine is a category of medication that works quickly to neutralise stomach acid, which reduces pain, nausea, vomiting and bloating caused by an excess of stomach acid and acid reflux.
These tablets are available as either 20 mg or 40 mg strength tablets, are manufactured by Tillomed Pharmaceuticals and are suitable for adults over the age of 18 years and the elderly. Famotidine should be taken daily as directed by a doctor or pharmacist to manage your condition and symptoms.
What is Famotidine used for?
Famotidine tablets are used to neutralise excess stomach acid that causes unpleasant symptoms of heartburn as well as treating stomach ulcers and irritation in the oesophagus (reflux oesophagitis) due to acid reflux under recommendation by a doctor or pharmacist.
How does Famotidine work?
Excessive stomach acid causes painful symptoms in the stomach and oesophagus, in severe cases, if it is left untreated it can result in further complications such as stomach ulcers. Famotidine is a medication known as histamine H2-receptor antagonists that prevent the stomach from releasing acid to help prevent and ease symptoms.
How quickly does Famotidine work?
Famotidine tablets get to work within seconds of being swallowed, noticeably relieving symptoms of excessive stomach acid within 15 to 30 minutes. The effects of just 1 tablet can last for up to 12 hours.
Alternatives to Famotidine
At The Independent Pharmacy, we are committed to providing a range of treatments that suit our customer’s needs. That is why we stock a wide range of medications suitable for reducing symptoms of excess stomach acid and reflux.
Ranitidine is the closest alternative to Famotidine, both medications work in the same way to reduce the amount of stomach acid that is released. Other treatment options include:
For more information about alternative Acid Reflux and Heartburn treatments please take a look at our advice page.
- Famotidine Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/11523/pil
Famotidine is for oral use only by adults and the elderly. This medication is not suitable for children. For full details please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
Do not take Famotidine if:
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist before taking Famotidine if:
- There is a chance you have a malignant tumour in your stomach.
- You may have an underlying infection that is causing your symptoms.
- You suffer from kidney problems.
- You are currently taking or have recently stopped taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication.
Famotidine in pregnancy & breastfeeding
You must speak to a doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication if you are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are currently breastfeeding.
Famotidine is for oral use only for adults and the elderly over the age of 18 years, taken as directed by a doctor or pharmacist. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet before use.
For Reflux Oesophagitis
- Swallow one 20-40 mg tablet twice daily for 6-12 weeks, with a glass of water.
For Stomach Ulcers
- Swallow one 40 mg tablet once a day, at bedtime, for 4-8 weeks, with a glass of water.
You should continue to take this medication for the duration that is recommended by your doctor. It is not advisable to suddenly stop taking this medication, especially if you suffer from gastric ulcers.
The active ingredient is: Famotidine 20 or 40 mg.
The inactive ingredients are: Cellulose, microcrystalline, lactose monohydrate, macrogol 4000, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, sodium starch glycolate, silica, colloidal anhydrous, pregelatinized starch, talc, titanium dioxide (E 171).
Famotidine side effects
Like other medications, Famotidine may cause some people to experience unwanted side effects. These are usually mild and improve without the need for any treatment. If you are worried or have any questions you should speak to a doctor for advice. The most common side effects include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction including a skin rash, swelling or difficulty breathing, or you develop any severe side effects such as blistering you should stop taking this medication immediately and seek medical attention.
For full details regarding reported side effects, you must read the Patient Information Leaflet.