Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S. -- Axid(3) Axid AR(3) Fluxid(2) Mylanta AR Acid Reducer(2) Pepcid(2) Pepcid I.V.(2) Pepcid AC Acid Controller(2) Pepcid RPD(2) Tagamet(1) Tagamet HB(1) Zantac(4) Zantac 150(4) Zantac 300(4) Zantac 25 EFFERdose Tablets(4) Zantac 150 EFFERdose Tablets(4) In Canada -- Acid Control(2) Act(2) Apo-Cimetidine(1) Apo-Famotidine(2) Apo-Nizatidine(3) Apo-Ranitidine(4) Axid(3) Dyspep HB(2) Gen-Cimetidine(1) Gen-Famotidine(2) Gen-Ranitidine(4) Maalox H2 Acid Controller(2) Novo-Cimetine(1) Novo-Famotidine(2) Novo-Ranitidine(4) Nu-Cimet(1) Nu-Famotidine(2) Nu-Ranit(4) Pepcid(2) Pepcid AC(2) Pepcid I.V.(2) Peptol(1) PMS-Cimetidine(1) Tagamet(1) Ulcidine(2) Ulcidine-HB(2) Zantac(4) Zantac 75(4)
For quick reference, the following histamine H 2-receptor antagonists are numbered to match the corresponding brand names.
This information applies to the following medicines:
2. Famotidine (fa-MOE-ti-deen )(s.)
4. Ranitidine (ra-NIT-ti-deen )(***)
(***)Generic name product may be available in the U.S.
(s.)Generic name product may be available in Canada
(*)Not commercially available in the U.S.
(**)Not commercially available in Canada
Histamine H (2)-receptor antagonist Cimetidine Famotidine Nizatidine Ranitidine Antiulcer agent Cimetidine Famotidine Nizatidine Ranitidine Gastric acid secretion inhibitor Cimetidine Famotidine Nizatidine Ranitidine Urticaria therapy adjunct Cimetidine Description
Histamine H ( 2)-receptor antagonists, also known as H (2)-blockers, are used to treat duodenal ulcers and prevent their return. They are also used to treat gastric ulcers and for some conditions, such as Zollinger-Ellison disease, in which the stomach produces too much acid. In over-the-counter (OTC) strengths, these medicines are used to relieve and/or prevent heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach. H (2)-blockers may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
H (2)-blockers work by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach.
They are available in the following dosage forms:
Oral Cimetidine Oral solution (U.S. and Canada) Tablets (U.S. and Canada) Famotidine Oral suspension (U.S.) Tablets (U.S. and Canada) Chewable tablets (U.S. and Canada) Oral disintegrating tablets (U.S.) Nizatidine Capsules (U.S. and Canada) Tablets (U.S.) Ranitidine Syrup (U.S. and Canada) Tablets (U.S. and Canada) Effervescent tablets (U.S.) Parenteral Cimetidine Injection (U.S. and Canada) Famotidine Injection (U.S. and Canada) Ranitidine Injection (U.S. and Canada) Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For H ( 2)-blockers, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to cimetidine, famotidine, nizatidine, or ranitidine.
H (2)-blockers have not been studied in …