What is Famotidine?
Famotidine is a medication used for the treatment of certain digestive disorders, including ulcers.
Famotidine may also be prescribed for inflammation of the stomach or esophagus, and for reflux.
Who is it for?
Famotidine is for dogs and cats.
What are the benefits?
||Treats or helps manage digestive disorders such as gastric or duodenal ulcers
||Reduces gastric acid produced in the stomach
||It is also used to treat gastritis and reflux conditions
How does Famotidine work?
Famotidine blocks the action of histamine in the stomach. Histamine is a chemical released by the body that, in the stomach, causes more acid to be produced. By blocking histamine in the stomach, Famotidine reduces the amount of acid produced.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
Famotidine is the generic form of Pepcid.
How is it given?
Give the oral form by mouth. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
What results can I expect?
Famotidine will not cure ulcers, gastritis, or reflux, but will help to manage the conditions. It generally works rapidly after being taken and is usually given once or twice per day.
What form(s) does it come in?
This medication comes in tablet form.
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What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Famotidine?
Talk to your veterinarian about what tests and exams may be necessary while your pet is taking Famotidine. Also discuss how long the treatment period will be and what type of outcome is expected. You and your veterinarian should talk about any other treatment options that are recommended for your pet.
Tell your veterinarian if your dog is experiencing any vomiting or diarrhea, or has liver, heart or kidney disease. Notify your veterinarian if your pet may be pregnant or is nursing, or if you intend to breed your pet.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking, and also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
Signs may recur if a dose is missed. If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular dosing schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
Signs may recur if a dose is missed. Give the medication exactly as directed.
Who should not take it?
Do not use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to it. Use with caution in older animals or
those with heart, liver, or kidney disease. May have a temporary increase in stomach acid production when use of Famotidine is discontinued. Use with caution in pregnant animals.
This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
What side effects may be seen when taking Famotidine?
Side effects are rare with Famotidine. You may see a loss of appetite and tiredness. If you observe these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How is it stored?
Store at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant childproof container. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
Toxicities are rare, but if an overdose should occur, you may see vomiting, restlessness, pale gums, rapid heart rate, or collapse. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any
of these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Famotidine?
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, your pet is taking while your pet is receiving Famotidine. Consult your veterinarian before using Famotidine with antacids, metoclopramide, sucralfate, digoxin, or ketoconazole, since interactions may occur.
Give the Famotidine 2 hours before or 2 hours after the other medication(s). Famotidine may decrease white blood cell counts, especially if given with other bone marrow suppressing drugs such as azathioprine.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the Patient Information Sheet on this medication.