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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Pepcid

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Safe to take Pepcid (famotidine) AC (20mg) daily? Works wonders for me. Concerned about long-term effects the medication might have on me however.

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

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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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?

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?

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). ...Read more

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

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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Which is better for long term use? Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid?

Which is better for long term use? Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid?

Same: There are no major differences between those two medicines. Both are about equally effective. If you take other medicines you should check with a pharmacist or your doctor to make sure there isn't an interaction. ...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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Pepcid (famotidine) AC (20mg) (almost) daily ok? Any possible adverse long term issues? Not asking about my GERD. My GP. ruled out anything serious.

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

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How long does it take to get to stable levels of Pepcid (famotidine) 20mg taken twice a day?

How long does it take to get to stable levels of Pepcid (famotidine) 20mg taken twice a day?

15hrs: it takes 5 half-lives to get up to stable levels and about that much time to get something out of your system. Pepcid (famotidine) has a half-life of 2.5-3.5hrs so you should reach stable levels after 15hrs, give or take. ...Read more

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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?

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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Pepcid (Definition)

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