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Doctor insights on: Pepcid Famotidine Ac

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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Does expired Pepcid (famotidine) AC work?

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

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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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Is there a reason that have the chewable Pepcid (famotidine) AC has been removed from every store that I have looked for it?

Is there a reason that have the chewable Pepcid (famotidine) AC has been removed from every store that I have looked for it?

J&J Pepcid (famotidine) Recall: Johnson and johnson recalled Pepcid (famotidine) and other over-the-counter medicines in april 2012 due to quality issues. They may not return to the shelves until 2013.

http://www. Nytimes. Com/2012/04/18/business/popular-jj-drugs-may-not-return-until-2013.html. ...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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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?

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

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Can you take Pepcid (famotidine) AC and Prilosec together?

Can you take Pepcid (famotidine) AC and Prilosec together?

No: Prilosec should be taken about an hour before eating anything, Pepcid (famotidine) can be taken almost any time. However it may be an overkill to take both at the same time since you would not likely get additional benefit from doing so. ...Read more

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I'm 8 months pregnant is it ok to take a month old expired pepcid (famotidine) ac?

I'm 8 months pregnant is it ok to take a month old expired pepcid (famotidine) ac?

Probably: Most medications stored in dry and cool condition remain effective even months after the expiration date but obviously this is dependent on the individual drug. At 8 months of pregnancy, the fetus is fully formed and thus Pepcid (famotidine) AC would not likely affect the fetus and will likely remain effective if it has been stored in a cool and dry place. No drug be taken if unneeded. ...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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Is it safe to take Pepcid (famotidine) AC or its generic version while on 140mg of methadone per day?

Is it safe to take Pepcid (famotidine) AC or its generic version while on 140mg of methadone per day?

Yes: Pepcid is a common medication used for stomach acid symptoms. Zantac (ranitidine) and tagamet are similar, and all of them are now available over-the-counter and are known as "h-2 blockers". You can use it for treatment of indigestion and is ok to use with methadone, but if your stomach continues to bother you be sure to see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Can I take Pepcid (famotidine) AC if I'm allergic to shell fish?

Can I take Pepcid (famotidine) AC if I'm allergic to shell fish?

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

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Can I take Fluoxetine (20 mg) and Pepcid (famotidine) AC together?

Yes, okay together: There are no known interactions between fluoxetine (an antidepressant also known as Prozac) and Pepcid AC (famotidine - an acid reducer). Best regards. ...Read more

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Could pepcid (famotidine) ac make me burp about an hour after taking it?

Could pepcid (famotidine) ac make me burp about an hour after taking it?

Burping: Not usually. Most likely the reason you have to take the Pepcid (famotidine) is the cause ...Read more

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Pepcid (famotidine) AC is not helping my heartburn, is there another OTC I can take? Would taking it every 12 hours help?

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

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Ok to take a tums 4 hrs after taking Pepcid (famotidine) ac?

Ok to take a tums 4 hrs after taking Pepcid (famotidine) ac?

Yes: Yes it is safe. There is no impact on the therapeutic effects of Pepcid (famotidine) AC if tums is taken 4 hours after. ...Read more

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Can Pepcid (famotidine) AC to help alcohol allergy?

Can Pepcid (famotidine) AC to help alcohol allergy?

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

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Been getting acid reflux (felt in neck) daily. Indicative of something detrimental? Could tea and/or yogurt cause this? 10mg Pepcid (famotidine) AC stops it.

Been getting acid reflux (felt in neck) daily. Indicative of something detrimental? Could tea and/or yogurt cause this? 10mg Pepcid (famotidine) AC stops it.

Acid reflux per se: Is not detrimental and is treatable. HOWEVER an evaluation by a Gastroenterologist is probably a good idea since some esophageal; disorders need special attention (eg "Barrett's esophogas")

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Pepcid (famotidine) AC vs. Prilosec for gerd? Any advantage to one or the other?

Pepcid (famotidine) AC vs. Prilosec for gerd? Any advantage to one or the other?

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

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Will Pepcid (famotidine) AC help with "asian glow" (turning bright red after drinking alcohol)?

Will Pepcid (famotidine) AC help with "asian glow" (turning bright red after drinking alcohol)?

Yes, but...: Some antihistamines can block the vasodilation in the skin that causes flushing from alcohol, which is proximally caused by build up of acetaldehyde. There remains some controversy over whether this is a safe approach in the long run and doing this frequently could increase your risk of alcoholism or ulcers, cancer. http://www. Teawithmd. Com/2014/12/the-truth-about-alcohol-flushing-or-asian-glow/ ...Read more

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I took 2 Tums an hour ago and need further relief. All I have is Pepcid (famotidine) AC that expired 2 years ago. Am I doing more harm than good if I take it?

I took 2 Tums an hour ago and need further relief. All I have is Pepcid (famotidine) AC that expired 2 years ago. Am I doing more harm than good if I take it?

Abdominal pain: Do NOT take expired medications, 2 years is very old, may be more harm then good. If abdominal pain milk has calcium, a neutralizer. Calcium is the main ingredient in tums (if lactose intolerant this won't work).Can also try baking soda-1/2 teaspoon in a cup warm water but only take 2-3 times a day for 1 day. In the morning you can get new pepcid (famotidine) in a pharmacy. F/U today with doc/urgent care ...Read more

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I have a loose gastric sphincter. Is this genetic or is there any reason why I have this? Is it relatively benign? 10mg Pepcid (famotidine) AC is 100% effective.

I have a loose gastric sphincter. Is this genetic or is there any reason why I have this? Is it relatively benign? 10mg Pepcid (famotidine) AC is 100% effective.

See answer: Its common for the lower esophageal sphincter to relax in some people, allowing for acid reflux. Smoking and excess caffeine intake as well as certain other foods can do this. See this: http://www. Webmd. Com/heartburn-gerd/guide/common-causes-acid-reflux-disease ...Read more

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I am 62yr and have osteoporosis, I have acid reflux and wondering if it is ok to take omeprazole, Is Pepcid (famotidine) AC safer?

Different classes: Not sure if you're on medication for Osteoporosis as those can actually make reflux symptoms worse. Either Pepcid (famotidine) or Omeprazole may be helpful but Pepcid (famotidine) is sometimes less effective but safer with other medications. Moderate to severe conditions usually require Omeprazole and other meds in that class. Talk to your doctor about your specific situation. ...Read more

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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 Pepcid (famotidine) AC everyday for GERD? Instead of Prilosec. I heard Prilosec can cause negative side effect with long term use

Yes: It's OK to take either one of those medications every day for reflux disease. You should, however, when yourself after three months and see what happens with your symptoms. If your symptoms come back, see your primary care provider for more options. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Pepcid (famotidine) AC (20mg) (almost) daily ok? Any possible adverse long term issues? Not asking about my GERD. My GP. Ruled out anything serious.

Pepcid (famotidine) AC (20mg) (almost) daily ok? Any possible adverse long term issues? Not asking about my GERD. My GP. Ruled out anything serious.

It is safe: The safety record for pepcid (famotidine) have been established so you do not have to worry about that but any medicine we balance between the benefit and the potential side effect so it really depend on why you are taking it and is it helping I hope that will answer your question good luck and thank you for using health tap ...Read more

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