Cimetidine (Tagamet) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Tagamet?

cimetidine

What is the Trade Name for cimetidine?

Tagamet

What are the Indications of Cimetidine (Tagamet) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

treatment of duodenal ulcers, GERD, heartburn, Zollinger Ellison syndrome, prevention of GI bleeding in
critical patients.

What are the Actions of Cimetidine (Tagamet) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

inhibits action of histamine leading to inhibition of gastric acid secretion

What is the Therapeutic Class of Cimetidine (Tagamet) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

antiulcer agent

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Cimetidine (Tagamet) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

Histamine H2 antagonist

What are the Nursing Considerations of Cimetidine (Tagamet) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • increases serum level of warfarin
  • can lead to respiratory infection (green sputum)
  • monitor for arryhtmias
  • may cause agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia
  • monitor CBC during therapy
  • take medication as directed
  • instruct patient to increase fluid and fiber intake to decrease constipation

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