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Axid is a medication used to treat ulcers of the stomach and intestines, as well as other gastrointestinal disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The active ingredient in Axid is nizatidine. Axid belongs to the histamine-2 receptor agonist class of medicines, which work by reducing the production of stomach acid. This can help relieve pain associated with these conditions, as well as prevent further damage from occurring in the stomach lining.
Uses and Dosage
Axid (Nizatidine) comes in the form of Capsule and usually prescribed to be taken once or twice a day, orally by mouth with or without food as directed by the doctor. If the medication is taken once, it is usually recommended to be taken at bedtime. To ensure maximum benefits, take Nizatidine regularly, preferably at the same time every day. Do not increase the dosage or take the medication more frequently or for longer than prescribed, as doing so may increase the risk of side effects and will not improve the condition any faster.
Continue taking the medication for the entire duration of the prescribed treatment, even if symptoms improve. Always consult with a healthcare provider for personalized recommendations on dosing, frequency, and duration of treatment, as they may vary depending on the individual's medical condition and needs.
- For duodenal (gut) ulcers, a typical dose is 300 milligrams taken orally once a day at bedtime, or 150 milligrams taken twice a day. After the ulcer has healed, the dose may be reduced to 150 milligrams at bedtime.
- For gastric (stomach) ulcers, a typical dose is typically 300 milligrams taken orally at bedtime or 150 milligrams taken twice a day.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is typically treated with a dose of 150 milligrams taken orally twice a day.
Common Side Effects of Axid (Nizatidine):
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Common cold symptoms
Serious Side Effects of Axid (Nizatidine):
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Dry mouth
- Pale skin
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Worsening heartburn
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
Form and strength
Axid (Nizatidine) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 150 mg
- 300 mg
- 150 mg
- Allergic reactions: Patients who are allergic to nizatidine or any other ingredients in Axid should not take the medication.
- Liver problems: Axid can affect liver function, so patients with a history of liver problems should use Axid with caution.
- Low blood platelet count: Patients with a history of low blood platelet count should use Axid with caution, as it may worsen their condition.
- Elderly patients: Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of Axid and may require a lower dosage.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: consult with a healthcare provider before taking Axid during pregnancy or breastfeeding to determine if it is safe for the individual.
- Medical conditions: Patients with certain medical conditions, such as kidney or liver disease, may require dosage adjustments or close monitoring while taking Axid.
- Alcoholic beverages: Consumption of alcoholic beverages may increase the risk of side effects associated with Axid, such as dizziness and drowsiness.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How fast does nizatidine work?
Nizatidine prevents stomach acid from being released within 30 minutes to an hour. If you're taking Axid for a duodenal (gut) ulcer, those will usually heal within 4 weeks of taking the medication.
Can Axid be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Consult with a healthcare provider before taking Axid during pregnancy or breastfeeding to determine if it is safe for the individual.
What medications interact with Axid?
Axid may interact with certain medications, including antacids, sucralfate, and some antibiotics. Inform your healthcare provider of any medications you are taking before taking Axid.
How long does it take for Axid to work?
The effectiveness of Axid may vary depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Follow prescription instructions carefully and consult with a healthcare provider if symptoms do not improve or worsen.
It's important to purchase Axid from verified Canadian pharmacy.