Hives Treatment: Cimetidine

There are many different types of medication used for Hives Treatment. Cimetidine is an antihistamine which can be used with other medications to help treat hives. Cimetidine is a different type of antihistamine which is generally used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, and sour stomach by decreasing the acid in the stomach. When cimetidine is used to treat hives, the antihistamine in it works in the same way by reducing the histamine which causes hives. It is usually necessary for another antihistamine to be taken along with it to provide maximum benefit.

How Cimetidine is Taken

Cimetidine is taken by mouth in tablet form. There are different milligram dosages available depending on the severity of the hives and what your doctor thinks is best for you. It is usually taken once or twice a day usually at bedtime. You should not take this medication for longer than 14 days unless your doctor has prescribed you to do so. Cimetidine is available over the counter or by a written prescription from your doctor. When purchasing this medication over the counter is may be under the brand names of Zantac, Prilosec, Pepcid, or Tagament. These medications used to require a written prescription from a doctor but have now been placed over the counter.

Side Effects of Cimetidine

As with any medication there may be possible side effects. The side effects of cimetidine are usually mild and do not cause to much discomfort. These side effects may include headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, confusion, and depression If you experience any serious side effects you should call your doctor.

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