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Active ingredient: Famotidine - Brands, Medical Use, Clinical Data

Brands, Medical Use, Clinical Data

Drug Category

  • Anti-Ulcer Agents
  • Histamine H2 Antagonists

Dosage Forms

  • Oral tablets
  • Rapid disintergrating tablets
  • Suspension
  • Injectable solution

Brands / Synonyms

Amfamox; Antodine; Apo-Famotidine; Apogastine; Bestidine; Blocacid; Brolin; Cepal; Confobos; Cronol; Cuantin; Dibrit 40; Digervin; Dinul; Dipsin; Dispromil; Dispronil; Duexis; Duovel; Durater; Evatin; Fadin; Fadine; Fadyn; Fagastine; Famo; Famocid; Famodar; Famodil; Famodin; Famodine; Famogard; Famonit; Famopsin; Famos; Famosan; Famotal; Famotep; Famotidina [Spanish]; Famotidinum [Latin]; Famotin; Famovane; Famowal; Famox; Famoxal; Famtac; Famulcer; Fanobel; Fanosin; Fanox; Farmotex; Ferotine; Fibonel; Fluxid; Fudone; Ganor; Gaster; Gastridan; Gastridin; Gastrion; Gastro; Gastrodomina; Gastrofam; Gastropen; Gastrosidin; H2 Bloc; Hacip; Huberdina; Ingastri; Invigan; Lecedil; Logos; Mensoma; Midefam; Mosul; Motiax; Muclox; Mylanta AR; Neocidine; Nevofam; Notidin; Novo-Famotidine; Nu-Famotidine; Nulceran; Nulcerin; Panalba; Pepcid; Pepcid AC; Pepcid Ac (geltab); Pepcid Injection; Pepcid RPD; Pepcidin; Pepcidin Rapitab; Pepcidina; Pepcidine; Pepdif; Pepdine; Pepdul; Pepfamin; Peptan; Peptidin; Peptifam; Pepzan; Purifam; Quamatel; Quamtel; Renapepsa; Restadin; Rogasti; Rubacina; Sedanium-R; Sigafam; Supertidine; Tairal; Tamin; Tipodex; Topcid; Ulcatif; Ulceprax; Ulcofam; Ulfagel; Ulfam; Ulfamid; Ulfinol; Ulgarine; Vagostal; Weimok; Whitidin; Yamarin


For the treatment of peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).


Famotidine, a competitive histamine H2-receptor antagonist, is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as gastric or duodenal ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and pathological hypersecretory conditions. Famotidine inhibits many of the isoenzymes of the hepatic CYP450 enzyme system. Other actions of Famotidine include an increase in gastric bacterial flora such as nitrate-reducing organisms.

Mechanism of Action

Famotidine binds competitively to H2-receptors located on the basolateral membrane of the parietal cell, blocking histamine affects. This competitive inhibition results in reduced basal and nocturnal gastric acid secretion and a reduction in gastric volume, acidity, and amount of gastric acid released in response to stimuli including food, caffeine, insulin, betazole, or pentagastrin.


The bioavailability of oral doses is 40-45%.


Intravenous, mouse: LD50 = 244.4mg/kg; Oral, mouse: LD50 = 4686 mg/kg. Symptoms of overdose include emesis, restlessness, pallor of mucous membranes or redness of mouth and ears, hypotension, tachycardia and collapse.

Biotrnasformation / Drug Metabolism



Hypersensitivity to any component of these products. Cross sensitivity in this class of compounds has been observed. Therefore, PEPCID should not be administered to patients with a history of hypersensitivity to other H2-receptor antagonists.

Drug Interactions

No drug interactions have been identified. Studies with famotidine in man, in animal models, and in vitro have shown no significant interference with the disposition of compounds metabolized by the hepatic microsomal enzymes, e.g., cytochrome P450 system. Compounds tested in man include warfarin, theophylline, phenytoin, diazepam, aminopyrine and antipyrine. Indocyanine green as an index of hepatic drug extraction has been tested and no significant effects have been found.

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