Axid (Nizatidine)

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What is Axid (Nizatidine) prescribed for?

This medication is used to treat ulcers of the stomach and intestines and prevents the ulcers from coming back after they have healed up.  This medication is also known to be used for treatment of certain stomach and throat problems such as erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflex disease. Also known as GERD, which better known as heartburn or acid reflux but can include a chronic cough and chest pain as well. Esophagitis is an inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. If left untreated, this condition can become very uncomfortable, causing problems with swallowing, ulcers, and scarring of the esophagus

Nizatidine, the active ingredient in Axid, is a medication used in the treatment of stomach and intestines ulcers, and helps prevent them from coming back after they have healed. This medication is also known to be used for treatment of certain stomach and throat problems such as erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflex disease.

This medication works by decreasing the amount of acid which your stomach produces. And it helps relieve symptoms such as cough, stomach pain, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing.

This medication can be taken by mouth with or without food, as directed by your doctor. Usually taken twice a day. If you are only taking this medication once a day, make sure to take it right before bedtime. Keep in mind that the dosage given to you by your doctor is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.

Use this medication regularly to gain the most benefit. Do not increase or dose or use this medication more often or for longer than prescribed. You condition will not improve at a faster rate, and you become more susceptible to side effects.

Before taking Axid (Nizatidine), inform you doctor if you are allergic to it, or to any other medications. Also to let him know of any other allergies that you may have in general.

Be sure to notify you doctor of all of you medical history, especially of those listed below; immune system problems, kidney problems, liver problems, certain lung diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), other stomach problems (such as tumors).

Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition. Be sure to speak with your doctor right away if the follow occurs; heartburn with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (especially with shortness of breath, unusual sweating), unexplained weight loss.

Your doctor has prescribed this medication for you because they believe the benefit you will receive is greater than the risk of any side effect. Most people using this medication do not have serious side effects. However it is best to notify your doctor right away if you start receiving these side effects listed; nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, confusion, breast swelling/soreness in males, easy bruising/bleeding, signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever, chills), fast/pounding heartbeat, unusual tiredness.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

 What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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