Ibuprofen-Famotidine

Pronounced

"EYE-bue-PROE-fen/fam-OH-ti-deen"

Common brand names:

Duexis

Uses

This combination medication is used to relieve pain from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis while decreasing the risk of developing an ulcer from ibuprofen use. It contains ibuprofen and famotidine. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by blocking your body's production of certain natural substances that cause inflammation. This helps to decrease swelling and pain. Famotidine is an H2 blocker that works by reducing the amount of acid in your stomach. This helps prevent ulcers.

Ask your doctor about non-drug treatments and/or using other medications to treat your pain. See also Warning section.

Other Uses

This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.

This drug may also be used for gout attacks.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking ibuprofen/famotidine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually three times a day. Take it with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters). Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this drug. If you have stomach upset while taking this medication, take it with food, milk, or an antacid.

Swallow whole. Do not chew, crush, or split the medication. Splitting the medication may not provide enough famotidine to protect against ulcers.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of stomach bleeding and other side effects, take this medication at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than prescribed.

It may take up to two weeks of taking this drug regularly until you get the full benefit.

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

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