Generic Name:Cimetidine

Tagamet is a medication that reduces the amount of acid produced by the stomach. The prescription version of the drug is used to treat conditions such as gastric ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Tagamet HB (the over-the-counter version of the drug) is used to treat conditions such as heartburn. Tagamet has the active ingredient of cimetidine which is a medication that is used to treat several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. There are prescription and non-prescription forms of the drug. Tagamet is part of a class of drugs known as H2 blockers. In the case of prescription Tagamet, uses of the medication include treating duodenal ulcers, gastric ulcers, GERD, and other conditions. Another label of this medication is Tagamet HB which is used to treat heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach. Sometimes doctors recommend Tagamet for uses for which the drug has not been approved. Examples of other Tagamet uses include the treatment of warts and H. pylori infections.

How to Use Tagamet Tablets

  • A liquid form of prescription Tagamet is available for people who have trouble swallowing tablets.
  • Ask your healthcare provider about how long you will need to take Tagamet. Some people only need to take Tagamet for a short period of time (a month or two).
  • You may take Tagamet with or without food.
  • If you take Tagamet on a daily basis, you should take it at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood. If you take Tagamet just once a day, it is usually best to take it at bedtime.

Cautions before Use Tagamet Tablets

  • Tagamet can cause confusion, agitation, anxiety, hallucinations, disorientation, and other similar problems. Usually, this happens in elderly people who are severely ill and have other medical problems.
  • Those patients who are suffering from kidney diseases are restricted from using this medication.
  • People who are having a medical history of liver diseases such as cirrhosis cannot take this medication.
  • Tagamet helps relieve your symptoms of GERD but does not rule out the possibility of stomach cancer.
  • People who are suffering from bone marrow suppression are suggested to not to take this medication.

Tagamet Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Tagamet are as follows:

  • Low levels of white blood cells
  • Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • Fast heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Confusion, agitation, or hallucinations
  • Symptoms of liver problems or hepatitis
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Hair loss
  • Impotence

Interactions and Overdose of Tagamet Tablets

There are several drugs that may interact with Tagamet. Drug interactions with Tagamet may occur when the medication is combined with drugs such as Valium, Dilantin, or Librium. Other drugs that may interact with Tagamet include tricyclic antidepressants such as Asendin, Anafranil, or Norpramin. Some of these drug interactions can increase your chances of experiencing side effects.

Overdose symptoms of Tagamet may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, extreme weakness, or fainting. In these situations people should contact their healthcare provider immediately.


Share your experiences