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Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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What is pepcid?

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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Acid reducer: Histamine 2 receptor blocker, which decreases production of stomach acid. This allows for healing of inflammation in duodenum, as stomach, and esopha. Not as potent as ppi drugs like prilosec, which inhibit proton pumps in the stomach to further decrease production of acid. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Board Certified, Geriatrics
35 years in practice
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Will expired Pepcid still be effective ?

Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Will expired Pepcid still be effective
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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

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Went to er, I have stomach ulcer and low potassium. Was prescribed Pepcid and potassium. Still have chest pains randomly. What could it be caused by?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Went to er, I have stomach ulcer and low potassium. Was prescribed Pepcid and potassium. Still have chest pains randomly. What could it be caused by?

Need more info: Chest pain may be due to musculo-skeletal cause, acid reflux, lung or heart disease, esophageal disease and more. It would require taking a detailed history, physical examination may be some tests. It would be prudent to see a primary care doctor for an evaluation. If you are overweight, it would help to lose weight. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Is it ok to use Pepcid 20mg 2x daily with sucralfate 1?

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Milton Mintz
Board Certified, Geriatrics
62 years in practice
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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Safe to take Pepcid AC (20mg) daily? Works wonders for me. Concerned about long-term effects the medication might have on me however.

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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Safe to take Pepcid 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

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Dr. George Klauber
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I have expired pepcid? Dangerous?

Dr. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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Not dangerous: But never wise to use expired medication. It may no longer be effective ; chemical composition can alter with time. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Morell
Board Certified, Rheumatology
24 years in practice
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I had 40mg prednisone plus a Pepcid for rash sun night then 40mg again plus a Pepcid yesterday afternoon when is it safe to drink beer or liquor?

Dr. Martin Morell
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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I had 40mg prednisone plus a Pepcid for rash sun night then 40mg again plus a Pepcid yesterday afternoon when is it safe to drink beer or liquor?

Alcohol: In general will rev up your liver metabolism, thereby reducing efficacy of certain medications, while other times it may increase their toxicity. Use good judgment and moderation always. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Are confusion and seizures side effects of pepcid?

Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Are confusion and seizures side effects of pepcid?

Can be: Pepcid 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

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