Consumer Medication Information Leaflet(RiMUP)
What is in this leaflet
1. What Famotin is used for
2. How Famotin works
3. Before you use Famotin
4. How to use Famotin
5. While you are using it
6. Side effects
7. Storage and Disposal of Famotin
8. Product description
9. Manufacturer and Product Registration
10.Date of revision
What Famotin is used for
For intestinal ulcer, prevention of elapse of
intestinal ulcer, non-cancerous gastric ulcer
and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (excessive
acid in the stomach due to growth).
How Famotin works
Famotidine blocks secretion of gastric acid
and gastric enzyme (pepsin). It has also
shown to block other actions of histamine.
It is used in conditions where blocking of
gastric acid secretion may be beneficial.
Before you use Famotin
- When you must not use it
Do not take Famotin, if allergic to its
active ingredient or other ingredients in it.
- Before you start to use it
Be cautious if you are elderly or have
The use of famotidine in children is not
established and safety not known.
Pregnancy and lactation
Usage in pregnancy is not advisable unless
clearly needed. As famotidine is found in
breast milk, use in breastfeeding mothers
is not advisable. Get advice from a doctor
or pharmacist before using.
- Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any
other medicines that you buy without a
prescription from pharmacy, supermarket
or health food shop.
How to use Famotin
- How much to use
Intestinal ulcer: Initially, 40mg daily at
bedtime for 4 – 8 weeks. Prevention of
relapse of intestinal ulcer: 20mg at night.
Non-cancerous gastric ulcer: 40mg daily
at night for 4 – 8 weeks. Zollinger-Ellison
syndrome: initially, 20mg 6 hourly.
Severe condition: up to 160mg 6 hourly.
A dosage adjustment is required for
moderate to severe kidney impairment.
Dose may be reduced to half the actual
dose and interval prolonged to 36 – 48
hours if there are side effects to the central
- When to use it
Use as directed by your doctor or
- How long to use it
Continue taking Famotin for as long as
your doctor recommends.
- If you forget to use it
Consult your doctor or pharmacist on what
what you should do if you forget to use it.
Take the missed dose as soon as you
remember. If it is almost time for your
next dose, wait until then to take the
medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not
take a double dose to make up for the
- If you use too much (overdose)
Contact your doctor immediately or go to
the Emergency Department of your
nearest hospital, if you think you or
anyone else may have taken too much of
this medicine. Do this even if there are no
signs of discomfort or poisoning. You
may need urgent medical attention.
While you are using Famotin
- Things you must do
Take your medicine exactly as your doctor
has told you.
Tell the doctors, dentists and pharmacists
treating you that you are taking Famotin.
Tell your doctor immediately if you are
pregnant while taking this medicine.
- Things you must not do
Do not stop taking the medicine unless
advised by your doctor.
Do not take any new medicines without
consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not give Famotin to anyone else, even
if they have the same symptoms or
condition as you.
- Things to be careful of
Please inform the doctor or pharmacist if
you experience any effects on using this
Side reactions to famotidine are generally
infrequent and are usually reversible with
dose reduction or stop the medicine. The
most common side effects are diarrhoea,
dizziness, tiredness, headache and rashes.
You may report any side effects or adverse
drug reactions directly to the National
Centre for Adverse Drug Reaction
Monitoring by calling Tel: 03-78835550, or
visiting the website npra.moh.gov.my
Reporting Medicinal Problems /
Side Effects / AEFI / Vaccine Safety).
Storage and Disposal of Famotin
Store in a cool, dry place below 30
Protect from light. Keep out of reach and
sight of children.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines
no longer required.
- What it looks like
White, round, biconvex, top-scored tablet.
‘PRIME’ embossed on one side and ‘40’
on the other side.
- Active ingredients: famotidine
- Inactive ingredients: lactose
Monohydrate, cornstarch, magnesium
stearate and croscarmellose sodium
- MAL number(s):
Manufacturer and Product Registration
Prime Pharmaceutical Sdn. Bhd.
1505, Lorong Perusahaan Utama 1
Taman Perindustrian Bukit Tengah
14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia.
Date of revision