Axid (Nizatidine)

Nizatidine is a drug that is marketed as Axid. It is used when your stomach produces too much acid and you have the chance of getting ulcers. It is also used to treat heart burn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach. The drug Nizatidine is available without a prescription.  However, sometimes it is prescribed to patients when their symptoms call for it.

Axid is a tablet you take by mouth usually once or twice a day depending on your personal condition. It can be taking with food or without. Follow the directions given to you by your doctor or the direction that are on the packaging.  Failure to follow these instructions could result in an undesirable outcome.  If your symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion do not stop after two weeks of taking Axid stop taking it and contact your doctor for more instructions.

Before you take Axid tell your doctor if you are allergic to nizatidine or if you are taking any other heartburn medication. Tell your doctor about all drugs and supplements you are taking so that your doctor knows if Axid is the right medication for you. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or going to become pregnant. And tell your doctor about any other health problems you may be experiencing.

Axid may cause some side effects. Some side effects are not serious but if they last for a long period of time or do not go away you should call your doctor. Side effects include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • sweating

If you experience any serious side effects call your doctor at once. Serious side effects include:

  • skin rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • wheezing
  • difficulty breathing

If you experience any unusual side effects call your doctor to report them. Axid may have similar side effects to Nexium. Nexium side effects include:

  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • gas
  • stomach pain
  • constipation
  • dry mouth

More serious side effects include:

  • blisters or peeling skin
  • hives
  • rash
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness
  • irregular, fast, or pounding heartbeat
  • excessive tiredness
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • muscle spasms
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • seizures

If someone overdoses on Axid call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 or if the victim is not moving or has stopped breathing call 911 for medical personnel to come assist you.