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Long Term Effects Of Famotidine
Safe to take Pepcid (famotidine) AC (20mg) daily? Works wonders for me. Concerned about long-term effects the medication might have on me however.
Check with MD: as to why you need to be on any antireflux/acid reducing medicine. Rule out problems that might occur over thr long term; address other issues re: weight, meds, alcohol, diet, tobacco, that may affect reflux and GERD. Lowest dose of least potent med for shortest period of time to do the job is a reasonable approach. Chronic reflux canlead to problems, including esophageal cancer. See MD ...Read more
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?
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). ...Read more
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
Can I take Pepcid (famotidine) AC everyday for GERD? Instead of Prilosec. I heard Prilosec can cause negative side effect with long term use
Pepcid (famotidine) AC (20mg) (almost) daily ok? Any possible adverse long term issues? Not asking about my GERD. My GP. ruled out anything serious.
It is safe: the safety record for pepcid (famotidine) have been established so you do not have to worry about that but any medicine we balance between the benefit and the potential side effect so it really depend on why you are taking it and is it helping i hope that will answer your question good luck and thank you for using health tap ...Read more
Been getting acid reflux (felt in throat) daily. 10mg or 20mg of famotidine stops it every time. Is famotidine damaging long term?
How much pepcid (famotidine) can I take per day? I'm am to take 20 mg twice a day. How long do i have to wait in between?
Every 12: hous. If it is not helping you might have to try Prilosec ...Read more
Sometimes it takes 45-60 minutes before I feel relief from acid when I take Pepcid (famotidine) AC (10mg). Is that normal to take so long?
Is that healthy taking 80mg pantoprazole plus 40mg famotidine for a long time ?I have losing my weight unintended by about 10 kg , so is cancer signs?
Gastroduodenal ulcer: Not necessarily cancer. Need to get tested for h pylori + peptic ulcer and get on antibiotics for 2 weeks is you have this. Neuroendocrine tumor such as zes is also possible after this much acid suppression for this long. You need an upper endoscopy and internal med/gi eval. ...Read more
Is there any side effect of pepcide (famotidine) for 5 week old? My concern is on long run and stomach acids impact of the dose (if any)?
Probably not: Not clear what you would be treating a 5 week old with Pepcid (famotidine) for without a physician's input? In any case if you give a low 5 -10 mg dose maybe some sedation would be expected but i don't think that i would use Pepcid (famotidine) for long though. See your doctor this might be an intolerance to formula or even breast milk sometimes. ...Read more
Ive had gastritis for two weeks. I think the cause was taking doxycycline tablets without water. I am taking Pepcid (famotidine) now, how much longer will this go?
Variable: General info: Symptoms of gastritis due to an irritant like doxycycline generally improve within days of stopping the irritant. Proton pump inhibitors (eg.omeprazole/Prilosec) help healing much more than treatment with H2 blockers (eg Pepcid). Persistent symptoms need clinic evaluation for possible ulcers, or for H. pylori infection which can delay healing & is treated with a combination of meds. ...Read more
Either 20mg Pepcid (famotidine) AC or 2 Tums (600mg Ca total) work well for my acid reflux. Which is less harmful in long run? Afraid of Ca clogging my arteries.
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
Do not take: If not needed would not take. Why take anything if you do not need it. ...Read more
Can be: Pepcid (famotidine) and other acid-suppression drugs (ppis) are commonly used, for long periods of time for various stomach conditions - and not always needed. First, almost any side effect can happen with almost any drug, and each person can have their "own" side effect. In general however, seizures are very uncommon with ppis but can happen. Confusion is a little more common esp in older folks. ...Read more
Can i take generic Pepcid (famotidine) 20 mg 2x daily and sucralfate 1/2 gram 3x daily each day without any side effects?
GI meds: Hello, the medications you are taking are used for gerd, gastritis with possible peptic ulceration. The medications are very helpful especially when used together. The dosing looks good. Side effects can occur with any medication. Be sure to see your doctor, especially if you suspect and problems are still occurring. Sometimes an endoscopy and eval for a bacteria called h pylori may need treatment. ...Read more
Can 10mg famotidine cause diarrhea? I take it nearly daily & never get side effects. But I got diarrhea 1 hour after taking it today. Related?
Famotidine : Although famotidine can rarely cause diarrhea, the fact that you can take it on a regular basis without side effects make it more likely that today's episode is not due to the medication. If your diarrhea persists on a regular basis, you may need to switch medications. Drink plenty of fluids to remain well hydrated until the diarrhea passes. Good luck. ...Read more
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Is pepcid (famotidine) better to take than prilosec? Ive heard prilosec can cause magnesium deficiency and pepcid (famotidine) generally has no adverse side effects. True?
Yes: Most medicines may still work years after the expiration date, but the effect may be weak or unpredictable. There are few medications that never should be taken after the expiration date ( example : : tetracyclines. Avoid liquid antibiotics, insulin, & nitroglycerine).If the expiration date passed a few years ago and it's important that your drug is absolutely 100% effective get a new bottle. ...Read more
Pepcid (famotidine): In general, recommend against use of expired medications. ...Read more
Probably: May not be as effective. Doubt it will do anything harmful. Why don't you just go buy some unexpired tablets? ...Read more