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What is Famotidine?

Famotidine is a non-prescription medication used in dogs and cats to reduce the amount of stomach acid being produced. Although Famotidine is not FDA-approved for use in veterinary medicine, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats.

For:

Dogs and Cats

Benefits:
  • Useful in the treatment and prevention of gastric (stomach) and intestinal ulcers
  • Helps heal ulcers that are already present
How it Works:

Famotidine blocks H-2 receptors from secreting gastric acids into the stomach. Blocking these receptors prevents ulcers from forming and also helps present ulcers time to heal.

Cautions:

Famotidine should be used with caution in pets that are pregnant or pets with heart, kidney, or liver disease.

Brand Name:

Pepcid

Generic Name:

famotidine

What is the most important information I should know about famotidine:

Famotidine is a non-prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats to reduce the amount of stomach acid produced. Famotidine is available as packages containing 30 x 10mg tablets. The usual dose in dogs is 0.22mg to 0.44mg per pound every 12 to 24 hours. The usual dose in cats is 0.22mg per pound every 12 to 24 hours.

What is Famotidine:

Famotidine is an H2 receptor antagonist. H2 receptor antagonists are use to reduce the production of stomach acid. Famotidine aids in the healing of stomach ulcers and stomach ulcer formation. Famotidine is also used to treat gastritis, esophagitis, and GERD. Famotidine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving famotidine to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has heart, liver, or kidney disease. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant since it may affect weight gain.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Famotidine should not be given with food. Food will decrease its effectiveness. Store famotidine at room temperature away from moisture and light. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet:

Overdose is rare. If overdose is suspected, seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of famotidine overdose may include vomiting, restlessness, pale gums, rapid heart rate, or collapse.

What should I avoid while giving Famotidine to my pet:

Famotidine should not be used in animals allergic to it. Use famotidine with caution in animals with heart, kidney, or liver disease. Use with caution in pregnant females.

What are the possible side effects of Famotidine:

For dogs and cats, if any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving famotidine and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). Side effects are rare but may include loss of appetite and tiredness. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Famotidine:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given antacids, metoclopramide, Sucralfate, digoxin, or ketoconazole as interactions can occur. Give famotidine 2 hours before or 2 hours after the other medications. When given with azathioprine, famotidine may further decrease white blood cell counts. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with famotidine. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about Famotidine written for health professionals that you may read. Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Please refer to the chart below for proper dosage.
Tip:

Give this medication on an empty stomach.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
0.22 mg-0.44 mg per pound every 12-24 hours
Cats/Kittens:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and light.

Ingredients
Famotidine 10 mg:
Active Ingredients
Amount
Famotidine
10 mg
Customer Reviews
Famotidine is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great My cat has kidney failure and was being given a tiny dose of famotidine by the vet....10 mg spread over 15 days, in cherry syrup....to help with her vomiting. While it was helping her control her upset stomach, a change in management at the vet coupled with a 400% increase in price, made me want to seek out alternatives. After reading the dosing instructions for this product, I realized that I could provide Sinclair with a much more concentrated dosage myself...simply by investing some time in cutting up the 10 mg tablets into quarters & grinding them. I mix the powder with some water and give it to her with an oral syringe.....she doesn't complain and her stomach has been so much better than it ever was with the vet's meds. Thank you, thank you!
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famotidine -- can this pill be crushed?

Asked by: sparkles
Later posts said pill may be crushed.  Who is correct?
Answered by: Confused
Date published: 2016-03-16

Is Famotidine chewable?

Asked by: Sonny
Hi there, no they are not chewable tablets
Answered by: James PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2015-10-07

Can awful, awful breath be caused by stomach acid and will Famotidine help?

Asked by: kd
You will need to consult your vet. Bad breath with pets isnt always just Halitosis. It could be teeth issues or other unforseen medical issues. Your vet would need to determine what is the reason for the bad breath and give you the proper medical advice.
Answered by: James PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2015-10-02

Famotidine... How long to take

How long do dogs typically take Famotidine? ESP with history of GI problems.
Asked by: Sammy's dad
My dog takes 5 mg. every 24 hours. She has been on this for 9 months. I think she probably will take it forever. It has improved her appetite and she no longer throws up.
Answered by: Linda
Date published: 2015-06-09

If my dog is 9 pound, is it OK to give her 1 whole pill in the morning and one at night? Or would this be too much medication?

The dose for an adult human in the box calls for 1 pill ( and not to take more than two pills in 24 hrs) to be taken on an empty stomach. Wouldn't this dose be too much medication for a 9 pound dog? Just wonder. Thanks for the advise.
Asked by: Marina
I have a 10 pound toy poodle that has been taking 5mg. every 24 hours for the past several months (on direction of the Vet) She has greatly improved her appetite and no longer throws up. I think this dose is ok for her. I am looking for 10 mg. tabs that are scored so they can be cut in half cleanly. The non scored tablets I find in the drug store do not cut well and the ones I get from the Vet are marked up about 600%
Answered by: Linda
Date published: 2015-06-09

are these pills easily crushed?

Pet will not swallow or chew pills. I need to place them in a pillcrusher, OTC Pepcid has a "coating" on them that makes crushing difficult.
Asked by: Lexiemom
Yes. Get a pill crusher Walgreens/Harmons. I crushed/mixed in syringe with water and put into her mouth.
Answered by: Steph
Date published: 2014-10-30

does famotodine come in a liquid form?

Asked by: George
Thank you for your question. At this time, we do not have a liquid form available.
Answered by: Maureen PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2014-06-07

is famotidine for diahrea..my 50 lb ?bassett hound

Asked by: 8
Thank you for your question. Famotidine is a non-prescription medication used in dogs and cats to reduce the amount of stomach acid being produced
Answered by: Maureen PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2014-04-24
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