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Medicine For Pepcid Allergy
Pepcid (Famotidine) is an antacid / antihistamine
used in the treatment of ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), & acid indigestion. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For possible adverse effects see: http://www. Rxlist. Com/pepcid-drug. Htm ...Read more
Pepcid (Famotidine) is an antacid / antihistamine used in the treatment of ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), & acid indigestion. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For possible adverse effects see: ...Read more
See below.: You cannot be allergic to alcohol - that is impossible. You can only be allergic to things that have proteins. Alcohol chemically has no proteins. You may be sensitive to alcohol. For example, it may give you heart burn. If that is the case, Pepcid (famotidine) may help but I would not advise that. Rather, i'd advise not using alcohol at all or limiting the amount and frequency so it doesn't affect you longer. ...Read more
I take Pepcid and Claritin daily for reflux and allergies respectively. Nursing 7 month old. Okay?
Safe: Pepcid (famotidine) is used in newborns in levels higher than would be found in breastmilk. It is safe. Claritin (loratadine) an antihistamine might alter breast milk flow. Consider instead using nasal steroid or nasal cromolyn (both over the counter). Both are safe with breastfeeding. ...Read more
Very bad nausea and bedridden so unable to get to a drug store. I found pepcid complete chewable tablet that expired 08/07 will this make me sicker??
Is there any over-the-counter acid reflux medicine stronger than Pepcid (famotidine) complete and prilose otc?
Sure...: Pepcid (famotidine) is an H2 blocker. That class of drugs relative to acid suppression is exceeded by the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) class, of which Prilosec was the first. Many subsequent PPI's have been introduced with longer durations of action. Although we can't endorse particular products on HealthTap, ask your pharmacist to recommend another PPI. Better yet, see your gastroenterologist for the right Rx. ...Read more
No: Expired medicine is usually ineffective and will not help you. Best to buy some new ones. ...Read more
Yes: There are definitely drug interactions between Phenergan (promethazine) and Percocet which can lead to drowsiness, mental confusion and others which make operating motor vehicles possibly hazardous, falls possible, nausea to name a few. Be very cautious taking the two together and especially around machinery. ...Read more
Can Pepcid (famotidine) be taken with cold medicine? Taken over-the-counter cold meds, liquid and pills, but have really bad heartburn.
It's OK: Pepcid is a type of histamine blocker that is not found in any cold products. You need to be careful with cold meds because they have multiple ingredients. I advise my patients to take only OTC meds that have 1 ingredient! If you need pain relief - take ibuprofen. If you need cough suppressant - take robitussin (guaifenesin). If you need decongestant - take sudafed. Even I get confused in that aisle!!! ...Read more
Acid Reflux, terrible chest pain that's radiating to my back! Pepcid (famotidine) isn't helping and neither are tums. What OTC medicine can help with this?
Can pepcid (famotidine) ac cause sore throat and ear ache. I'm not sure if it's the medicine or the reflux? Should I consult my doctor? Any info would be helpful.
Yes: According to epocrates...No black box warnings exist for pepcid (famotidine). Only in renal insufficiency dosis should be adjusted. There has been reports associating Pepcid (famotidine) with cardiac arrhythmias and av blocks but I am not aware about chf. In general I think is not absolutely contraindicated. Unless a cardiologist recommends to stop it I don't think it is contraindicated. ...Read more
None: But take medications only as instructed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Prophylaxis: It depends on the severity of the allergy. Some people try to use pepcid (famotidine) before eating shellfish to ward off allergic symptoms. Pepcid (famotidine) is a histamine blocker so it may be used for treatment of allergic reactions when they occur but I awoud advise you not to rely on their ability to prevent them especially if your shellfish allergy involves airway compromise or any breathing difficulty. ...Read more
Avoid triggers: Several things can exacerbate your symptoms and you need to figure out your triggers. Some triggers for gerd are eating too quickly, eating late at night, foods that are spicy, fried or tomato base, eating chocolate or mint or caffeine products. If no improvement, you should follow with your doctor or a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
If someone is taking Zantac 300 daily, can they take a Pepcid complete for breakthrough evening reflux?
Can I take 4 pepcid complete through out the day? My regular doctor said I can take 3 but didn't ask about 4
May get diarrhea: Pepcid Complete is a combination of Famotidine, calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide. You could safely take 4 times the dose of the famotidine and calcium carbonate, however more than 1200mg of magnesium hydroxide "may" cause diarrhea. Each pepcid complete has 400mg magnesium hydroxide, which is why your Dr said you could take 3 but not 4. If you are constipated, then go ahead and take 4! ...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
I take Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg twice daily can I take Pepcid complete also? I'm still having acid with food coming up.
Don't combine them: If your symptoms are so severe you're considering doubling up on acid blockers, you need medical evaluation. Please see your physician asap. It looks like you've already had endoscopy, so you already have a gastroenterologist who knows your case. Please contact this physician for more individualized advice -- and you might consider a good probiotic and some Tums (calcium carbonate) in the meantime. ...Read more
Pepcid (famotidine) AC is not helping my heartburn, is there another OTC I can take? Would taking it every 12 hours help?
Is it really GERD?: Yes, Prilosec otc is stronger but gerd can be due to diseases that impair esophageal function, cause inadequate saliva, gastric outlet narrowing, gastroparesis, small bowel pathology, etc. Damage from inadequate treatment may result in esophageal ulcers, scarring, narrowing, pre-cancer (barretts). Gerd is also mimicked by heart, lung, gallbladder, pancreas, & neurologic disease. At 56 get checked. ...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 I have an ImmunoCAP test done while taking Claritin and Pepcid, or do I need to stop taking these prior to the test? If so, for how long?
Yes: Although AH may influence skin test results, they have no effect on blood tests. ...Read more
I took pro tonic for four years along with Effient metaprol. I quit proteomics after 4 yrs and replaced it with Pepcid (famotidine) will it be as effective?
Hello I'm currently on Pepcid (famotidine) and I've been off and on reflux meds for months but my hair is really dry and frizzy, and it's thinning. Help please!
Maybe not related...: ...your option is to discontinue the drug (after discussion with your physician) & assess response, or pursue alternative sources of dry, frizzy hair of which there are many. ...Read more
I have GERD I am taking 10 mg of Pepcid (famotidine) 2 times a day for 5 months. It has helped with my coughing that was very annoying. Can I keep taking Pepcid (famotidine)?
Pepcid (famotidine): If your coughing has stopped, I would stop the pepsid if possible. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more