Pet Medication 101: Pepcid It’s important to understand a medication’s uses and side effects before giving it to your pet. This medication info sheet is meant to give you a good understanding of what Pepcid (famotidine) is used for, how it works, and potential side effects in cats and dogs. Always consult a veterinarian before giving your pet any medication. 1. Drug Name: 2. Common Name or Brand Name: 3. How Dispensed: 4. Forms: 5. Drug Type/Class: 6. Uses in Cats and Dogs: 7. How it Works: 8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose: 9. Drug Interactions: 10. Cautionary Statements: Read more: Need to speak with a veterinarian regarding your pet’s medication or another condition? Are you concerned about your pet?Book a video consultation with an experienced veterinarian within minutes.Professional vet advice onlineLow-cost video vet consultationsOpen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Book Video Consultation 1. Drug Name:famotidine2. Common Name or Brand Name:Pepcid3. How Dispensed:Over the counter and prescription4. Forms:Tablets (10 and 20 mg), gelcaps (40 mg) suspension, injection5. Drug Type/Class:Antacid6. Uses in Cats and Dogs:Famotidine reduces stomach acid secretion. This is helpful in pets with stomach ulcers or to prevent the formation of stomach ulcers. It is also used in animals with esophagitis, reflux, and kidney disease.7. How it Works:H2-receptor antagonist8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:Rapid IV infusion can cause bradycardia (low heart rate).9. Drug Interactions:Azole antifungals, cefpodoxime, cyclosporine. Reduced absorption because of higher stomach pH10. Cautionary Statements:Use caution in pets with severe heart, kidney, and liver disease.Use caution in pets that are pregnant or nursing.Read more:Pet Medication 101: Pepto-BismolPet Medication 101: SimethiconePet Medication 101: ZantacNeed to speak with a veterinarian regarding your pet’s medication or another condition?Click here to schedule a video consult to speak to one of our vets. You can also download the FirstVet app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Stores.