Famotidine is a histamine blocking agent. It helps reduce the amount of gastric acid secreted in the stomach. Famotidine has been used for treating or helping to manage gastric or duodenal ulcers. It has also been used to treat gastritis and reflux conditions.
How do I give this medication?
Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. Read the label carefully.
If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose with reasonable care.
Try to give this medication at about the same time(s) each day.
DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
DO NOT stop giving this medication to your pet unless directed by your veterinarian. Call your veterinarian ahead of time if your pet needs a refill.
Try not to miss giving any doses since symptoms may reoccur if dosages are missed.
What do I do if I miss giving a dose?
Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.
How do I store this medicine?
Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.
Potential Side Effects
The adverse effect profile has not been fully determined for veterinary species.
Adverse effects documented in humans include: loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dry mouth or skin.
If symptoms are observed and they persist, contact your veterinarian.
Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Possible Drug Interactions
Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
If famotidine must be given with antacids, metoclopramide, sucralfate, digoxin and/or ketoconazole, give famotidine at least 2 hours before or after the other drugs, whenever possible.
Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
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