Always consult a medical doctor or patient care specialist before using cimetidine injections.
Indications and Usage
Cimetidine injections are indicated in short and long-term treatment of stomach ulcers. It is used in short-term treatment of duodenal ulcer. It is used in the treatment of active benign gastric ulcers and upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
It is also used in the treatment of pathological hyper secretory conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, systemic mastocytosis, and multiple endocrine adenomas.
Do not take cimetidine injections if:
- You are allergic to it or to other H2 blockers;
- You have a medical history of heart problems, immune system problems, kidney disease, liver problems, or lung diseases;
- You are elderly or have impaired kidney function;
- You have other allergies.
There is little evidence in regards to the use of cimetidine during pregnancy. This medication passes in breast milk so it should be used with caution or under the supervision of a medical professional.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise. The usual dose for adults is: 200 mg IV slowly over 2 minutes and can be repeated every 4 to 6 hours.
Cimetidine injections can have many possible interactions with other drugs, such as atazanavir, azole antifungals, carmustine, cisapride, clopidogrel, dasatinib, dofetilide, epirubicin, metformin, moclobemide, moricizine, procainamide, quinidine, silver sulfadiazine, lidocaine, metoprolol, metronidazole, propranolol, tacrine, theophylline, warfarin, zaleplon, narcotic analgesics including codeine, tricyclic antidepressants including amitriptyline, anti-seizure drugs including carbamazepine and phenytoin, benzodiazepines including diazepam, and calcium channel blockers including nifedipine.
Do not smoke or drink while taking this medication because it can irritate the stomach and lengthen the healing process. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory medications should not be taken because they can worsen ulcer conditions.
Consult with your doctor about medications you are taking or existing medical conditions you have before you start your treatment with cimetidine.
Symptoms of overdose include trouble breathing and passing out. These symptoms should be reported to a medical health professional. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical help urgently.
Some adverse conditions include bloody stools, vomiting, bleeding, and ulcers. Consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking and any health conditions you have before your treatment with cimetidine.