What is Lafutidine used for?
Lafutidine is used for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, such as peptic ulcer and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Lafutidine may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Lafutidine work?
Lafutidine belongs to the class of drugs called histamine H2 receptor antagonists. It acts by stimulating nitric oxide production and regulates gastric mucosal blood flow. It also increases the levels of somatostatin resulting in less gastric acid secretion. Thus, it helps in preventing inflammation and injury to the inner lining of the stomach.
How to take Lafutidine?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Lafutidine as prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.
If you miss a dose of Lafutidine, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
What are the drugs that interact with Lafutidine?
Consult your doctor for potential drug interactions.
What are the side effects of Lafutidine?
The following are the most common side effects of Lafutidine:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions Lafutidine?
- Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Lafutidine or similar drugs.
- Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Lafutidine.
- Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
- Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
- Avoid Lafutidine during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
- Be cautious while taking Lafutidine if you have any kidney impairment.
You are advised not to take Lafutidine if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
What should you tell your doctor before taking Lafutidine?
- Tell your doctor if you have any history of gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, nervous, liver or kidney problems.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
Frequently Asked Questions about Lafutidine:
- How long can I take Lafutidine?
- How should Lafutidine be stored?
- What are the other formulations available for Lafutidine?
- Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Lafutidine?
- Is it safe to alter the dose of Lafutidine?
Lafutidine should be taken for the prescribed duration. Do not stop the use of medicine without doctor’s advice.
Store the drug at room temperature (25 – 30OC) and avoid exposure to sunlight and moisture.
Lafutidine medicine is available only as a tablet dosage form.
No. There are no laboratory parameters required to be monitored while taking Lafutidine.
No. Do not alter the dose of Lafutidine medicine. Consult your doctor if you have any problem with the dose.
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