Ibuprofen/famotidine is a prescription drug licensed to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, while also preventing stomach and upper intestinal ulcers. The ibuprofen component of this drug is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which works to reduce inflammation. The famotidine blocks histamine in the stomach to reduce stomach acid and prevent ulcers. Heartburn, diarrhea, and nausea are possible side effects.
What Is Ibuprofen/Famotidine?
Ibuprofen/famotidine (Duexis™) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis; it can also help prevent stomach and upper intestinal ulcers. It contains a medication to relieve pain and inflammation (ibuprofen), along with an ingredient to reduce the risk of ulcers due to ibuprofen (famotidine).
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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