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Generic name: Nizatidine
Why is this drug prescribed: Axid is prescribed for the treatment of duodenal ulcers and noncancerous stomach ulcers. Full-dose therapy for these problems lasts no longer than 8 weeks. However, your doctor may prescribe Axid at a reduced dosage after a duodenal ulcer has healed. The drug is also prescribed for the heartburn and the inflammation that result when acid stomach contents flow backward into the esophagus. Axid belongs to a class of drugs known as histamine H2 blockers.
Most important fact about this drug: Although Axid can be used for up to 8-12 weeks, most ulcers are healed within 4 weeks of therapy.
How should you take this medication: Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. --If you miss a dose... Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature.
What side effects may occur: 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 Axid. More common side effects may include: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, gas, headache, indigestion, inflammation of the nose, nausea, pain, sore throat, vomiting, weakness Less common or rare side effects may include: Abnormal dreams, anxiety, back pain, chest pain, constipation, dimmed vision, dry mouth, fever, inability to sleep, increased cough, infection, itching, loss of appetite, muscle pain, nervousness, rash, sleepiness, stomach/intestinal problems, tooth problems
Why should this drug not be prescribed: If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Axid or similar drugs such as Zantac, you should not take this medication. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.
Special warnings about this medication: Axid could mask a stomach malignancy. If you continue to have any problems, notify your doctor. If you have moderate to severe kidney disease, your doctor will reduce your dosage.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: If Axid is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Axid with aspirin, especially in high doses.
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The effects of Axid during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Axid appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment with this medication is finished.
Recommended dosage: ADULTS: Active Duodenal Ulcer: The usual dose is 300 milligrams once a day at bedtime, but your doctor may have you take 150 milligrams twice a day. Active Noncancerous Stomach Ulcer: The usual dose is 150 milligrams twice a day or 300 milligrams once a day at bedtime. Maintenance of a Healed Duodenal Ulcer: The usual dose is 150 milligrams once a day at bedtime. If you have moderate to severe kidney disease, your doctor will prescribe a lower dose. CHILDREN: The safety and effectiveness of Axid have not been established in children.
Overdosage: No specific information on Axid overdose is available. However, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Axid, seek medical attention immediately.