A 34-year-old male asked:
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i'm asian and i take pepcid (famotidine) before i drink alcohol to reduce redness/flushness. if i do this 2-3x/week for several years, are there long term effects?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Fatty liver: Alcohol affects the way the liver process fat so your liver cells get stuffed full of it. If you drink often it can make your liver get fat – reducing your consumption can help it return to its normal size. You can spend half of your life damaging your body/liver and not feel any of the effects. Moderation is the key with or without pepcid (famotidine).
Answered on Jan 18, 2014

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