Axid

Generic Name: Nizatidine

  • What is Axid?

    Axid belongs to a class of drugs known as histamine H2 blockers. It is prescribed to treat duodenal ulcers and stomach ulcers. The drug is also prescribed to treat heartburn and the inflammation that results when stomach acid contents flow backward into the esophagus.

    It is available for prescription as capsules and oral solution. Axid AR tablets are available over-the-counter for the relief and prevention of heartburn.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Axid?

    Although Axid can be used for up to 8-12 weeks, most ulcers are healed within 4 weeks of therapy.

    Stop using Axid AR if your heartburn continues or gets worse, or if you need to take it for more than 14 days.

  • Who should not take Axid?

    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.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Axid?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Axid. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have had kidney or stomach problems. Before using Axid AR, tell your doctor if you have trouble or pain swallowing food, vomiting with blood, or bloody or black stools; had heartburn more than 3 months; heartburn with lightheadedness, sweating, or dizziness; chest pain or shoulder pain with shortness of breath, sweating, pain (spreading to the arms, neck, or shoulders); frequent chest pain; frequent wheezing, particularly with heartburn; unexplained weight loss; nausea or vomiting; or stomach pain.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Axid Oral Solution may be substituted for Axid Pulvules (capsules) for any of the below indications. Each milliliter (mL) of Axid Oral Solution contains 15 milligrams (mg) of nizatidine.

    Active Duodenal Ulcer

    Adults: The usual dose is 300 mg once a day at bedtime, but your doctor may have you take 150 mg twice a day.

    Active Noncancerous Stomach Ulcer

    Adults: The usual dose is 150 mg twice a day or 300 mg once a day at bedtime.

    Erosive Esophagitis

    Children ≥12 years: The usual dose is 150 mg of oral solution twice a day.

    Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

    Adults: The usual dose is 150 mg twice a day.

    Children ≥12 years: The usual dose is 150 mg of oral solution twice a day.

    Maintenance of a Healed Duodenal Ulcer

    Adults: The usual dose is 150 mg once a day at bedtime.

    Patients with Moderate to Severe Kidney Insufficiency

    Your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

    Prevention and Relief of Heartburn

    Adults and children ≥12 years: For relief, swallow 1 tablet with a glass of water. For prevention, swallow 1 tablet with a glass of water 60 minutes to right before eating or drinking something that causes you heartburn. Do not take more than 2 tablets a day.

  • How should I take Axid?

    Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Axid?

    Avoid taking other acid reducers while taking Axid AR.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Axid?

    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.

  • What are the possible side effects of Axid?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: headache, inflammation of the nose, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, gas, dizziness, pain, vomiting, indigestion, inflammation of the pharynx, weakness

  • Can I receive Axid if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Axid during pregnancy are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Axid?

    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 two doses at once.

  • How should I store Axid?

    Store at room temperature.

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