Famotidine

Usual solid dosage form
Tablets
Available as a liquid
No
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
No
Liquid strengths
n/a
Liquid sugar free or not
n/a
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
No
Available as soluble tablets
No
Sub-lingual
No
Specially coated?
Yes
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
No
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Consider changing the patient to an alternative medication available in different formulations (e.g. ranitidine). Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer crushed tablets via enteral feeding tubes. Stop the enteral feed before administration. Crush the tablet and mix with 15-30mL of water. Draw up the solution into a 50mL enteral syringe then administer via enteral feeding tube. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered.
Available as other formulations?
No
Note
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Film coated
Yes
Modified release
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Generic drug
Famotidine
Safe or appropriate to crush
Consider changing to an alternative medication for which other formulations are available e.g. ranitidine. Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest it is likely to be safe to crush tablets and mix with water for administration. Clinicians should be aware that this is an unlicensed use of the medication.