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Famotidine, Calcium Carbonate, and Magnesium Hydroxide
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Famotidine, Calcium Carbonate, and Magnesium Hydroxide Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Pepcid® Complete® [OTC]; Tums® Dual Action [OTC]

Canadian Brand Names

Pepcid® Complete® [OTC]

Pharmacologic Category

Antacid; Histamine H2 Antagonist

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to famotidine, calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: High calcium levels or kidney stones.

How does it work?

• Famotidine prevents symptoms and damage to the gastrointestinal tract caused by stomach acid or infection.

• Calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide prevent symptoms and damage caused by stomach acid.

How is it best taken?

• Do not take more than 2 tablets a day.

• Chew or crush well. Mix crushed tablet with food. Do not swallow whole.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• This medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 12:32:28.0

Modified: 2010-04-07 13:56:43.0

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