Generic name: Cimetidine
Tagamet is a histamine blocker used to treat and prevent ulcers. Tagamet is also used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It prevents the release of acid into the stomach. Tagamet is used to treat stomach and duodenal ulcers, reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Adults: The adult dose of cimetidine ranges from 400 mg once daily (usually taken at bedtime) to 600 mg four times a day (usually with meals and at bedtime), depending on the condition being treated. The maximum recommended dose of cimetidine is 2,400 mg.
Children: Children's doses are based on the weight of the child.
Cimetidine can be taken with or without food.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue on with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Uses of Tagamet
Side Effects of Tagamet
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Tagamet. Side effects may include:
Warnings and precautions before taking Tagamet:
Drug Interaction :- If Tagamet is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either can be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important that you check with your doctor before combining Tagamet with the following:
Information concerning overdosage is limited. However, respiratory failure, an increased heartbeat, exaggerated side effect symptoms or reactions such as unresponsiveness may be signs of Tagamet overdose. If you experience any of these symptoms, notify your doctor immediately.
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