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What is pepcid?

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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Will expired Pepcid still be effective ?

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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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?

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

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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I have expired pepcid? 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 for rash sun night then 40mg again plus a Pepcid yesterday afternoon when is it safe to drink beer or liquor?

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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Are confusion and seizures side effects of pepcid?

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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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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