Cimetidine - Drug Information

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General Information on Cimetidine

Generic Name : Cimetidine

Pronunciation : sye met' i deen

Latest prescription information about Cimetidine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y53.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiulcers

Trade Names/Brand Names of Cimetidine

India : 

International : 

Tagamet

Why is Cimetidine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a histamine H2-receptor antagonist, prescribed for heartburn and peptic ulcers.  It reduces the amount of acid production in the stomach.

When should Cimetidine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Cimetidine?

PO- The recommended dose is 800mg at bedtime orally; maintenance- 400mg at bed time.

How should Cimetidine be taken?

It comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Cimetidine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney or liver impairment, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What are the side effects of Cimetidine?

   Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea.
   Central Nervous System : Headache, dizziness, drowsiness and mental confusion.
   Miscellaneous : Muscle pain, skin rash and breast enlargement in male.

What are the other precautions for Cimetidine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Cimetidine?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.


Schedule : H

Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.

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