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Basic Drug Info
Drug Name:Famotidine
Manufacturer:IVAX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Clinical Trials:


Indications and Usage

Famotidine tablets are indicated in:1.

Short-term treatment of active duodenal ulcerMost adult patients heal within 4 weeks; there is rarely reason to use famotidine at full dosage for longer than 6 to 8 weeks.

Studies have not assessed the safety of famotidine in uncomplicated active duodenal ulcer for periods of more than eight weeks.2.

Maintenance therapy for duodenal ulcer patients at reduced dosage after healing of an active ulcerControlled studies in adults have not extended beyond one year.3.

Short-term treatment of active benign gastric ulcerMost adult patients heal within 6 weeks.

Studies have not assessed the safety or efficacy of famotidine in uncomplicated active benign gastric ulcer for periods of more than 8 weeks.4.

Short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)Famotidine tablets are indicated for short-term treatment of patients with symptoms of GERD (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY IN ADULTS, Clinical Studies).Famotidine tablets are also indicated for the short-term treatment of esophagitis due to GERD including erosive or ulcerative disease diagnosed by endoscopy (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY IN ADULTS, Clinical Studies).5.

Treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions (e.g., Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, multiple endocrine adenomas) (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY IN ADULTS, Clinical Studies).
Duodenal Ulcer -- A PEPTIC ULCER located in the DUODENUM.

Symptoms -- An indication that a person has a condition or disease. Some examples of symptoms are headache, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and pain.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease -- Retrograde flow of gastric juice (GASTRIC ACID) and/or duodenal contents (BILE ACIDS; PANCREATIC JUICE) into the distal ESOPHAGUS, commonly due to incompetence of the LOWER ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER. Gastric regurgitation is an extension of this process with retrograde flow into the PHARYNX or MOUTH.

Esophagitis -- INFLAMMATION, acute or chronic, of the ESOPHAGUS caused by BACTERIA, chemicals, or TRAUMA.

Disease -- A definite pathologic process with a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. It may affect the whole body or any of its parts, and its etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown.

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome -- A syndrome that is characterized by the triad of severe PEPTIC ULCER, hypersecretion of GASTRIC ACID, and GASTRIN-producing tumors of the PANCREAS or other tissue (GASTRINOMA). This syndrome may be sporadic or be associated with MULTIPLE ENDOCRINE NEOPLASIA TYPE 1.

Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia -- group of specific, familial syndromes characterized by simultaneous neoplastic transformation of multiple endocrine tissues, typically the parathyroid glands, pancreatic islets, and anterior pituitary.

Contraindications

Famotidine is contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to any component of this product.

Cross sensitivity in this class of compounds has been observed.

Therefore, famotidine should not be administered to patients with a history of hypersensitivity to other H2-receptor antagonists.
Hypersensitivity -- Altered reactivity to an antigen, which can result in pathologic reactions upon subsequent exposure to that particular antigen.

Branded Drugs
The following US Branded drugs contain Famotidine


CALCIUM CARBONATE, FAMOTIDINE AND MAGNESIUM HYDROXIDE -- PERRIGO R AND D CO

PEPCID COMPLETE -- MERCK RESEARCH LABORATORIES DIV MERCK CO INC

PEPCID -- SALIX PHARMACEUTICALS INC

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE -- ABRAXIS PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE -- AKORN STRIDES LLC

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE -- APOTEX INC RICHMOND HILL

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE -- APOTHECON INC DIV BRISTOL MYERS SQUIBB

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE -- BAXTER HEALTHCARE CORP ANESTHESIA AND CRITICAL CARE

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE -- BAXTER HEALTHCARE CORP

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE -- BEDFORD LABORATORIES DIV BEN VENUE LABORATORIES INC

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE -- BEN VENUE LABORATORIES INC

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE -- HOSPIRA INC

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE (PHARMACY BULK) -- APOTEX INC RICHMOND HILL

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE IN PLASTIC CONTAINER -- ABBOTT LABORATORIES

FAMOTIDINE PRESERVATIVE FREE IN PLASTIC CONTAINER -- BAXTER HEALTHCARE INTERNATI0NAL SPECIALTY THERAPIES DIV

PEPCID -- MERCK RESEARCH LABORATORIES DIV MERCK CO INC

PEPCID PRESERVATIVE FREE -- MERCK RESEARCH LABORATORIES DIV MERCK CO INC

PEPCID PRESERVATIVE FREE IN PLASTIC CONTAINER -- MERCK RESEARCH LABORATORIES DIV MERCK CO INC

PEPCID AC -- MERCK RESEARCH LABORATORIES DIV MERCK CO INC

FLUXID -- SCHWARZ PHARMA INC

PEPCID RPD -- MERCK RESEARCH LABORATORIES DIV MERCK CO INC

PEPCID AC (GELTAB) -- MERCK RESEARCH LABORATORIES DIV MERCK CO INC


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