Axid

(nizatidine)

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Treats ulcers and acid reflux.

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Our bottom line

Works well for stomach and intestinal ulcers and mild acid reflux.

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Quick facts about Axid
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (nizatidine)

Upsides

  • Less expensive than its alternatives.
  • You only have to take Axid (nizatidine) once or twice a day.
  • Axid (nizatidine) is available over-the-counter and in pill and liquid form.
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Downsides

  • There are other medications that are more effective than Axid (nizatidine).
  • Axid (nizatidine) is generally only used for mild acid reflux. Your doctor may need to give you a stronger alternative if Axid (nizatidine) is not enough to relieve symptoms.
  • Axid (nizatidine) can cause severe diarrhea for some people.
  • May not work well for long-term use.
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How it works

Axid (nizatidine) works by lowering the amount of acid your stomach makes.

Quick facts about Axid
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (nizatidine)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Axid (nizatidine) for Duodenal Ulcers

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stuffy nose
  • Dizziness
  • Gas
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Side effect rates for Axid (nizatidine)

From 4423 clinical trials of Axid when taken for null
  • Headache
    17%17%
    16%16%
  • Stuffy nose
    10%10%
    10%10%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%8%
    13%13%
  • Diarrhea
    7%7%
    7%7%
  • Nausea
    5%5%
    7%7%
  • Gas
    5%5%
    5%5%
  • Dizziness
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Pain
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Vomiting
    4%4%
    6%6%
  • Indigestion
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Weakness
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Constipation
    3%3%
    4%4%
  • Trouble sleeping
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Sore throat
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Back pain
    2%2%
    3%3%
  • Chest pain
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Infection
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Fever
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Muscle pain
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Sleepiness
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Anxiety
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Sinus infection
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Cough
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Rash
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Itching
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Axid.

Axid (nizatidine)
Placebo

People taking Axid felt side effect more

People taking Axid felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Axid (nizatidine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Female
    • Younger than 30 years of age

    Using Axid (nizatidine) for 2 or more years can cause low vitamin B12 levels, which can lead to low energy. If you're on Axid (nizatidine) for a long time, your doctor may have you get lab tests to check your vitamin levels.

Pharmacist Q&A

Axid (nizatidine) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats active duodenal ulcer.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats active duodenal ulcer.

Common concerns from people taking Axid (nizatidine)

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  • Axid (nizatidine) is available over-the-counter and in pill and liquid form.
Food
  • You can take Axid (nizatidine) with or without food. If you have upset stomach, taking it with food may help.