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Pepcid Ac Warnings And Recalls
Is pepcid (famotidine) safe for everyday use? Thinking of switching from prilosec to pepcid (famotidine)
Pepcid (famotidine) long term: short answer - yes but my concern is given you age - why are you requiring either a proton pump inhibitor (prilosec) or an H2 blocker (pepcid) on a regular basis?? Assuming you have a medical condition requiring acid suppression - long term use may be appropriate. However, if you are taking it without a clear diagnosis - you need to be seen and evaluated to determine what is wrong. ...Read more
Possibly.: Pepcid (famotidine) is better for short term effect, quick relief. Prilosec is better at suppressing acid production if taken daily for a week or longer. If you need to use acid medications frequently you should consult with your doctor, since you may be suppressing something that needs to be diagnosed and addressed properly. ...Read more
Is pepcid (famotidine) better to take than prilosec? Ive heard prilosec can cause magnesium deficiency and pepcid (famotidine) generally has no adverse side effects. True?
Should be ok if...: If a person had no problems taking Pepcid AC in the recent past for some medical condition, and separately had no problem taking Pepto-Bismol in the recent past, then she should be ok taking the medications at the same time. If worried, she can ask her doctor who prescribed the medications. Sometimes, a brand name (such as Pepto-Bismol) changes its ingredients as the years go by. ...Read more
Is taking two 15 mg of Prevacid (lansoprazole) the same as taking a 30 mg Prevacid (lansoprazole) prescription strength?
Yes: yes , may only need 15 mg, not much benefit of more. ...Read more
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 prescription iron 325mg w/ my other meds in same gulp (Zoloft, Prevacid, (lansoprazole) cerefolin) & with meal?
Yes: None of these medications should cause problems when taken together. Hope this helps! ...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
I'm in toprol (metoprolol) xr, synthroid, vitamin d and miralax daily. Are their any interactions between these?
I have acid relfux ( acid coming up). PPIs ( Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid) give dizziness and swelling in my throat. Doc won't put me on prescription. Zantac and Pepcid isn't strong enough. No h.pylori. Should I take ppi regardless of side effects?
Reflux: Have you tried strict dietary measures like avoidance of caffeine, alcohol,nicotine,spices, and greasy foods which can loosen the sphincter or valve between the stomach contents and esophagus? You could try taking gaviscon as a preventative of gerd. Sometimes symptoms are not due to acid reflux but due to bile reflux which doesn't respond to ppi's or zantac (ranitidine). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Parent ill after Prednisone. Now on Pepcid (famotidine) 20mg 2x a day, but gets Dilantin 200mg nightly. How many hours apart to safely take Pepcid (famotidine) and Dilantin?
SEE BELOW: Dilantin interacts with numerous medications, and not worthwhile to do cumbersome approach with alternating Pepcid (famotidine) and Dilantin. OK to take them together, and if your doctor is concerned, a Dilantin blood level can allow dose adjustment to therapy range if required. ...Read more
Waking middle of night "starving" but food doesn't help. Carafate (sucralfate) sometimes helps. Take prevacid 15mg qd. Increase? Or take Pepcid AC at night?
Possible GERD: Many different things can cause similar symptoms of night time hunger and or heartburn like symptoms. H. Pylore infection, stress, sleep deprivation, drug side effect like nsaids, , anixiety, excess caffeine, hot food , constipation, irregular bm etc . Try to find a trigger. Pepcid (famotidine) ac can be tried. If symptoms persist need to see doc. ...Read more
Safe to take Pepcid (famotidine) AC daily? I typically only need 10mg. Sometimes 20mg. Rarely 40mg/24 hrs. How can daily use of Pepcid (famotidine) adversely affect us?
Pepcid (famotidine): Most people will not have any side affects from long-term use of Pepcid (famotidine). If this helps control your reflux symptoms, great. However, if you have not been formally diagnosed with GERD, you owe it to yourself to have a visit to a gastroenterologist. Chronic reflux can result in Barrett's esophagus in some patients, which can put you at a higher risk of cancer. Talk to your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Best relief for acid reflux (in lower neck)? Usually 20mg of Pepcid (famotidine) AC works, but once in a while it's ineffective. Pepto? Prilosec? Mg pills?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer