Cimetidine, marketed under the brand name Tagamet, is a type of medication used in helping people with heartburn associated with acid ingestion. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Cimetidine prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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Cimetidine, brand name Tagamet, is a medication that belongs to a class of medications known as histamine H2 receptor antagonists (similar to famotidine). In this capacity, cimetidine (Tagamet) helps reduce stomach acid production. Cimetidine is used to relieve heartburn associated with acid indigestion and prevent heartburn associated with acid indigestion. Cimetidine and wart treatment has also been linked previously but no conclusive evidence has found benefit to date. Cimetidine may also have effects on androgen hormones in the body. Cimetidine’s mechanism of action is different from that of omeprazole.
Cimetidine – Side Effects
Cimetidine, like other medications, can cause side effects. Side effects related to cimetidine use include rash, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, loss of libido and myalgia. People who have a cimetidine hypersensitivity or allergy should not use the medication. Cimetidine can interact with other medications when used concomitantly and care should be taken in those situations. Cimetidine and alcohol should not be used together. Concerns about possible side effects related to cimetidine use should be discussed with one’s pharmacist and medical provider.
Cimetidine is considered slightly expensive, costing approximately 50 cents per cimetidine 400 mg tablet at many pharmacies. Insurance may cover the cost of cimetidine but it depends on the insurance plan. Cimetidine coupons may also be available online to help cover some of the cost. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
After oral administration, cimetidine is absorbed rapidly and starts working within 30 minutes. Peak cimetidine levels occur within 3 hours as is metabolized by the liver. Elimination occurs primarily via the urine and cimetidine exhibits an elimination half-life of just over 2 hours. Many recommended cimetidine regimens start with 1 cimetidine 200 mg tablet although some people may take cimetidine 400 mg daily, depending on the recommendation of their medical provider.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.