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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Pepcid (Overview)

Pepcid is a H2 receptor blocker which is a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug).


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What is pepcid (famotidine)?

What is pepcid (famotidine)?

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

Dr. Ronald Krauser
253 Doctors shared insights

Pepcid (Overview)

Pepcid is a H2 receptor blocker which is a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug).


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Will expired Pepcid (famotidine) still be effective?

Will expired Pepcid (famotidine) still be effective?

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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Went to er, I have stomach ulcer and low potassium. Was prescribed Pepcid (famotidine) and potassium. Still have chest pains randomly. What could it be caused by?

Went to er, I have stomach ulcer and low potassium. Was prescribed Pepcid (famotidine) 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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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

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I have expired pepcid (famotidine)? Dangerous?

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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I had 40mg prednisone plus a Pepcid (famotidine) for rash sun night then 40mg again plus a Pepcid (famotidine) yesterday afternoon when is it safe to drink beer or liquor?

I had 40mg prednisone plus a Pepcid (famotidine) for rash sun night then 40mg again plus a Pepcid (famotidine) 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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Are confusion and seizures side effects of pepcid (famotidine)?

Are confusion and seizures side effects of pepcid (famotidine)?

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

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How does Pepcid (famotidine) AC interact with alcohol? Is it ok to consume both at the same time?

How does Pepcid (famotidine) AC interact with alcohol? Is it ok to consume both at the same time?

Not good idea: In general, one should not take alcohol with medications. If you have to take pepcid, (famotidine) I would be concerned for possible gastritis and sometimes even ulcers as alcohol can be a causative factor. Best is to avoid alcohol for a while and let your stomach calm down. If symptoms persist, you may need to see a gastroenterologist. Of course, your liver will also thank you. ...Read more

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Monday went to ER. RMQ pain was treated w Ancef Pepcid (famotidine) IV. Abd sono says Hepatomegaly. Does this cause so much pain? Was I misdiagnosed. Pain won't go

Yes: An enlarged liver can cause pain. The MD was probably thinking Peptic Ulcer Disease and Rx the Ancef/Pepsid. You need to see a Gastroenterologist for the cause of the Hepatomegaly and get a full diagnostic w/u ...Read more

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What is pepcid (famotidine)?

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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Can Pepcid (famotidine) be crushed?

Depends: As long as the medication is not a slow release medication it can be crushed. ...Read more

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Is Pepcid (famotidine) habit-forming?

Is Pepcid (famotidine) habit-forming?

No: But there are antacids that you should wean off to prevent rebound GERD. ...Read more

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Does expired Pepcid (famotidine) AC work?

Pepcid (famotidine): Not advised to consume expired medications.

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Is it ok to take expired pepcid (famotidine)?

Probably but why?: With generic versions available, it is cheap enough to not to worry over the cost. I am unaware of expired Pepcid (famotidine) causing harms although it may be less effective. The us army had done some study on this issue and found that many but not all drugs could be used for, I believe, a few more years after the expiration date. ...Read more

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I have expired pepcid (famotidine)? Dangerous?

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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Can I take more than 2 pepcids (famotidine) a day?

Can I take more than 2 pepcids (famotidine) a day?

See your doctor: If you are taking 2 pecid tabs a day and are still having symptoms you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Will expired Pepcid (famotidine) still be effective?

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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Can I take Pepcid (famotidine) AC if it expired in 2010?

Probably: May not be as effective. Doubt it will do anything harmful. Why don't you just go buy some unexpired tablets? ...Read more

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Why shouldn't I take more than 2 Pepcid (famotidine) a day?

Why shouldn't I take more than 2 Pepcid (famotidine) a day?

No difference: Because it probably wouldn't make a difference, the maximum effect of Pepcid is achieved with 2 doses a day, if you need a more powerful acid reducer then you need to change Pepcid to something else like Nexium (esomeprazole) " medically we call them ppis or proton pump inhibitors". ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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