Axid AR

Name: Axid AR

Why is this medication prescribed?

Nizatidine is used to treat and prevent the recurrence of ulcers and to treat other conditions where the stomach makes too much acid. Nizatidine also is used to treat or prevent occasional heartburn, acid indigestion, or sour stomach. It decreases the amount of acid made in the stomach. Nizatidine is available with and without a prescription.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

What brand names are available for nizatidine?

Axid, Axid AR

Is nizatidine available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Which drugs or supplements interact with nizatidine?

Nizatidine, like other drugs that reduce stomach acid, may interfere with the absorption of drugs that require acid for adequate absorption. Examples include iron salts (for example iron sulphate), itraconazole (Sporanox), and ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric), atazanavir (Reyataz), dasatinib (Sprycel), indinavir (Crixivan), and dapsone. Conversely, it may increase levels of nimodipine (Nimotop) and nisoldipine (Sular) due to reduced stomach acidity.

Axid AR Drug Class

Axid AR is part of the drug class:

  • H2 receptor antagonists

Nizatidine side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using nizatidine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening heartburn;

  • chest pain;

  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath; or

  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common side effects may include:

  • headache, dizziness;

  • diarrhea; or

  • runny or stuffy nose.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Axid AR or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Axid AR. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

What is Axid AR?

Axid AR (nizatidine) is non-prescription medicine that contains nizatidine. Nizatidine is a histamine-2 blocker that works by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach.

Axid AR works by reducing the production of stomach acid that can cause heartburn.

Axid AR may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Axid AR side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Axid AR: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Axid AR and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening heartburn;

  • chest pain;

  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath; or

  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common Axid AR side effects may include:

  • headache, dizziness;

  • diarrhea; or

  • runny or stuffy nose.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Dose Adjustments

CrCl less than 20 mL/min: Initial dose: 150 mg orally every other day.
Maintenance dose: 150 mg orally every 3 days.

CrCl 20 to 50 mL/min: Initial dose: 150 mg orally once a day.
Maintenance dose: 150 mg orally every other day.

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