The white pill with the imprint L194 has been identified as Famotidine 20 mg supplied by Major Pharmaceuticals Inc.. L194 pill is used to treat ulcers (sores on the lining of the stomach or small intestine); gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus [tube that connects the mouth and stomach]); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (tumors in the pancreas or small intestine that cause increased production of stomach acid).
Over-the-counter famotidine is used to prevent and treat heartburn due to acid indigestion and sour stomach caused by eating or drinking certain foods or drinks. Famotidine is in a class of medications called H2 blockers. It works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach. L194 pill is not a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
How L194 pill works
L194 pill is a histamine-2 receptor blocker, it works by blocking the histamine 2 (H2) receptor in your stomach. This receptor helps release acid in your stomach. By blocking this receptor, this drug lowers the amount of acid released in your stomach.
How should this medicine be used?
Prescription L194 pill comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once daily at bedtime or two to four times a day. Over-the-counter famotidine comes as a tablet, a chewable tablet, and a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day. To prevent symptoms, it is taken 15 to 60 minutes before eating foods or drinking drinks that may cause heartburn. Follow the directions on your prescription or the package label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take L194 pill exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often or for a longer time than prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the tablets and capsules with a full glass of water.
Thoroughly chew the chewable tablets before swallowing them. Swallow the chewed tablet with a full glass of water.
Do not take more than two tablets, capsules, or chewable tablets of over-the-counter famotidine in 24 hours and do not take over-the-counter famotidine for longer than 2 weeks unless your doctor tells you that you should. If symptoms of heartburn, acid indigestion, or sour stomach last longer than 2 weeks, stop taking over-the-counter famotidine and call your doctor.
What are the possible side effects of L194 pill?
L194 pill oral tablet can cause mild or serious side effects. The following list contains some of the key side effects that may occur while taking L194 pill. This list does not include all possible side effects.
For more information on the possible side effects of L194 pill, or tips on how to deal with a troubling side effect, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
More common side effects
The more common adult side effects for this drug are slightly different from the more common side effects for children.
• Adult side effects can include:
• Children under one year of age may also experience:
o agitation, unusual restlessness, or crying for no clear reason
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
• Heart rate and rhythm problems. Symptoms can include:
o shortness of breath
o irregular heart rate and rhythm
• Severe muscle problems. Symptoms can include:
o unusual muscle pain that you cannot explain
• Neurological problems. Symptoms can include:
o trouble sleeping
o sexual problems, such as decreased sex drive
• Liver problems. Symptoms can include:
o unexplained or unusual weakness
o decrease in appetite
o pain in your abdomen (stomach area)
o change in the color of your urine
o yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
• Skin problems. Symptoms can include:
o mouth sores or ulcers
L194 pill Safety Information
L194 pill oral tablet can interact with several other medications. Different interactions can cause different effects. For instance, some can interfere with how well a drug works, while others can cause increased side effects.
Before taking L194 pill, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription, over-the-counter, and other drugs you take. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbs, and supplements you use. Sharing this information can help you avoid potential interactions.
If you have questions about drug interactions that may affect you, ask your doctor or pharmacist.