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Can you take Prilosec and Pepcid (famotidine) complete together?

Can you take Prilosec and Pepcid (famotidine) complete together?

Yes: But if having to take both you need to see your doctor and probably get a scope (edg). ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Famotidine (Definition)

This is a drug that belongs to the h2 blocker group. By blocking the h2 receptor in the stomach it leads to a reduction in the production of acid. This beneficial effect is what makes it useful in the treatment of gastritis, ulcers ...Read more


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Can you take Pepcid (famotidine) AC and Prilosec together?

No: Prilosec should be taken about an hour before eating anything, Pepcid (famotidine) can be taken almost any time. However it may be an overkill to take both at the same time since you would not likely get additional benefit from doing so. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Pepcid (famotidine) and Prilosec together?

Wait some time: Prilosec is a delayed-release proton pump inhibitor that needs an acid stimulus to activate it. A meal would do that. Taking Pepcid (famotidine) too close to Prilosec may decrease the latter's effectiveness. ...Read more

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Can Prilosec and Pepcid (famotidine) be taken together? I just started a Prilosec regime, but it would be nice to take something for the acid right now.

They can.: Although Prilosec and Pepcid can be taken at the same time, you may be better off using Tums or mylanta to get immediate relief of your acid while you are waiting for the Prilosec regimen to kick in. Those antacids will work more quickly than Pepcid will. ...Read more

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Can I take Prilosec and pepcid (famotidine)?

Yes: As long as you need both to control your symptoms. However you should consult your doctor if you do require both drugs regularly to control your symptoms just in case there is something more serious happening. ...Read more

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Take Pepcid (famotidine) and Prilosec at the same time?

Take Pepcid (famotidine) and Prilosec at the same time?

No: Prilosec should be taken about an hour before eating anything, Pepcid (famotidine) can be taken almost any time. However it may be an overkill to take both at the same time since you would not likely get additional benefit from doing so. ...Read more

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Can I take Pepcid (famotidine) complete and Prilosec at the same time?

Not a good idea: Prilosec should be taken about an hour before the first meal of the day, Pepcid (famotidine) nearly at any time. There is no added benefit for most people to take Prilosec and Pepcid (famotidine) together the first thing in the morning although some people may need to take Pepcid (famotidine) at bedtime to reduce the acid output. ...Read more

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Can I take pepcid (famotidine) for breakthrough relief of GERD, if I take prilosec 20mg twice a day? If so, what's the best time to take it?

Can I take pepcid (famotidine) for breakthrough relief of GERD, if I take prilosec 20mg twice a day? If so, what's the best time to take it?

Yes and no: I like Pepcid (famotidine) with your PPI for daily use but for occasional (as needed) use, I recommend Pepcid (famotidine) Complete. It works faster that Pepcid (famotidine) alone thanks to the rapid acting antacid that comes with the Pepcid (famotidine) tablet. ...Read more

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Can I take Pepcid (famotidine) AC everyday for GERD? Instead of Prilosec. I heard Prilosec can cause negative side effect with long term use

Can I take Pepcid (famotidine) AC everyday for GERD? Instead of Prilosec. I heard Prilosec can cause negative side effect with long term use

Yes: It's OK to take either one of those medications every day for reflux disease. You should, however, when yourself after three months and see what happens with your symptoms. If your symptoms come back, see your primary care provider for more options. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is pepcid (famotidine) better to take than prilosec? I've heard prilosec can cause magnesium deficiency and pepcid (famotidine) generally has no adverse side effects. True?

Is pepcid (famotidine) better to take than prilosec? I've heard prilosec can cause magnesium deficiency and pepcid (famotidine) generally has no adverse side effects. True?

Not true: Side effects of prilosec are very rare and tend to occur in sick and hospitalized patients. If pepcid (famotidine) doesn't work and prilosec does work then stick with prilosec. You can have you magnesium check every few years for reassurance. ...Read more

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Gastritis moderate severe non-erosive in the antrum and body of the stomach how long does it take to heal? Using Prilosec protonics and pepcid (famotidine)? had v&p in 1976 is the acid not shut down properly?

Gastritis moderate severe non-erosive in the antrum and body of the stomach how long does it take to heal? Using Prilosec protonics and pepcid (famotidine)? had v&p in 1976 is the acid not shut down properly?

Approx. 8-12 weeks: Assume the diagnosis was made by EGD. Biopsy for H. Pylori must be taken. If it was negative then PPI and H2 blocker as you are taking is the right treatment for 12 weeks. And if symptoms continue, one can continue for longer period of time.
Avoid Alcohol, NSAID/Aspirin/Cigarette/Spicy and fatty food. ...Read more

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Heartburn feeling of sternum pressure and something in my mid throat). pepcid (famotidine) not working that great. Should I take prilosec?

Heartburn feeling of sternum pressure and something in my mid throat). pepcid (famotidine) not working that great. Should I take prilosec?

Might be better but: Chest pain is nothing to ignore! The potential origin of your symptoms includes: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, musculoskeletal, pericardium (sac around the heart), pleuritis, bronchiitis, or referred pain from a remote site. Your doctor will be concerned about accompanying fever, blood with coughing, vomiting, shortness or breath, difficulty reclining, tenderness. Get checked now please. ...Read more

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I have acid relfux (acid coming up). PPIs (Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid) give dizziness and swelling in my throat. Doc won't put me on prescription. Zantac and Pepcid isn't strong enough. No h.pylori. Should I take ppi regardless of side effects?

I have acid relfux (acid coming up). PPIs (Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid) give dizziness and swelling in my throat. Doc won't put me on prescription. Zantac and Pepcid isn't strong enough. No h.pylori. Should I take ppi regardless of side effects?

Reflux: Have you tried strict dietary measures like avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, spices, and greasy foods which can loosen the sphincter or valve between the stomach contents and esophagus? You could try taking gaviscon as a preventative of gerd. Sometimes symptoms are not due to acid reflux but due to bile reflux which doesn't respond to ppi's or zantac (ranitidine). ...Read more

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Which is better: Pepcid (famotidine) complete vs prilosec?

Which is better: Pepcid (famotidine) complete vs prilosec?

They do different: Things. Both can be effective. Both have side effects. Consult your doc. ...Read more

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Is pepcid (famotidine) safe for everyday use? Thinking of switching from prilosec to pepcid (famotidine)

Pepcid (famotidine) long term: Short answer - yes but my concern is given you age - why are you requiring either a proton pump inhibitor (prilosec) or an H2 blocker (pepcid) on a regular basis??
Assuming you have a medical condition requiring acid suppression - long term use may be appropriate. However, if you are taking it without a clear diagnosis - you need to be seen and evaluated to determine what is wrong. ...Read more

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Can Pepcid (famotidine) for Prilosec cause headaches?

Can Pepcid (famotidine) for Prilosec cause headaches?

May be: Any of these medications can have headache as a side effect. If you are overweight, it would help to lose weight; I understand that it is easier said than done! ...Read more

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Which is associated with more/less possible adverse health effects from long term use? Prilosec or pepcid (famotidine)?

Heartburn meds: Both PPI's, such as Prilosec, and H2-blockers, such as Pepcid, (famotidine) are frequently used medications for Gerd. Both of these classes of medicines are reasonably safe, and if needed can be used long-term generally very safely. If you have severe symptoms, I would not shy away from using whichever controls your symptoms the best. Be sure to follow anti-reflux precautions! Good luck. ...Read more

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Prilosec vs Pepcid (famotidine) vs probiotics for distended stomach?

The answer...: ....To what will help with a distended abdomen depends entirely on the cause of the distention. Probiotics are helpful with a lot of digestive issues, if you take them regularly. The two meds you mention reduce stomach acid and are unlikely to help with distention. If this is happening often, look to your diet for a solution. This problem is often diet related. ...Read more

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Pepcid (famotidine) AC vs. Prilosec for gerd? Any advantage to one or the other?

Possibly.: Pepcid (famotidine) is better for short term effect, quick relief. Prilosec is better at suppressing acid production if taken daily for a week or longer. If you need to use acid medications frequently you should consult with your doctor, since you may be suppressing something that needs to be diagnosed and addressed properly. ...Read more

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I have reflux. Pepcid (famotidine) used to work. I took Prilosec 2 months ago and that worked. What would you recommend for treatment?

GERD: You may have to stay on the prilosec or other PPI medication long term. Consider weight loss if needed. Avoid eating then lying down soon after meals. Avoid foods that worsen reflux (caffeine, peppermints, chocolate, spicy foods etc). Consider placing object like a brick under headboard of bed to elevated it slightly and allow gravity to help you. Consider endoscopy to assess problem. ...Read more

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I've heard prilosec can cause magnesium deficiency. What about pepcid (famotidine)?

Pepcid (famotidine): Is an anti-histamine medication and has a different mechanism of action as opposed to prilosec, a proton pump inhibitor. Hypomagnesemia is listed as an uncommon reaction to prilosec but I have not encountered this in my practice. ...Read more

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Prilosec for 15yrs, weaned off cause benign gastric polyps. Tried pepcid, Zantac (ranitidine) didn't help reflux. Safe to go back to Prilosec which I know helps me.

Gastric polyps: Benign gastric polyps are common in patients on long-term Prilosec. As the name suggests, they are benign and do not cause long-term issues. If you are unable to control your reflux with any medicines besides Prilosec, then it would likely be safe for you to go back on it. You should discuss this with your gastroenterologist before making the change. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mom has acid reflux. In your opinion, which is better. Pepcid, prilosec, or prevacid (lansoprazole)? The doc told her she can use OTC products.

Prilosec or prevacid (lansoprazole): The proton pump inhibitor class of drugs will normally work best (Prilosec or prevacid). Your mom should also elevate the head of the bed, avoid eating before bed so get stomach is empty, and avoid caffeine, peppermint, and licorice. ...Read more

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I have been taking prilosec and pepcid (famotidine) ac for 5 days because my stomach has been feeling nausea, metallic taste, and a slight burning. Still the same?

I have been taking prilosec and pepcid (famotidine) ac for 5 days because my stomach has been feeling nausea, metallic taste, and a slight burning. Still the same?

Dyspepsia: If symptoms have not improved, you will need to be seen and checked out for H-Pylori infection in stomach and if that is negative, then have your gallbladder checked with ultrasound and HIDA scan ...Read more

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Lump in throat won't go away. Took pepcid zantac. Was on prilosec for a bit it stopped working. Should I try nexium (esomeprazole)? My cardiologist said to do two pills twice a day. Then go up to 2 pills twice a day. If all fails go to gastro.

Lump in throat won't go away. Took pepcid zantac. Was on prilosec for a bit it stopped working. Should I try nexium (esomeprazole)? My cardiologist said to do two pills twice a day. Then go up to 2 pills twice a day. If all fails go to gastro.

Needs Further Eval: In order to really answer this? More info is needed. A lump in the throat can mean many things, is it inside, do you have heartburn, only on the inside or outside too, are there other symptoms. You have taken Pepcid/Zantac and Prilosec (same class as Nexium). Cardio may be right but long enough, this should be eval by at an Internist or poss Gastro or ENT depending on ans to some add? 's. ...Read more

Dr. Tri Huynh
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Omeprazole (Definition)

Omeprazole is the generic equivalent of prilosec, the first oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Pepcid (Definition)

Pepcid is a H2 receptor blocker which is a kind of ...Read more