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Doctor insights on: Pepcid Warnings And Recalls

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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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?

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?

Not true: Side effects of prilosec are very rare and tend to occur in sick and hospitalized patients. If pepcid (famotidine) doesn't work and prilosec does work then stick with prilosec. You can have you magnesium check every few years for reassurance. ...Read more

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Black box warning Zoloft (sertraline) effects to wear off?

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Black box warning Zoloft (sertraline) effects to wear off?

Zoloft (sertraline): Warning exists while taking the medication.

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Is pepcid (famotidine) safe for everyday use? Thinking of switching from prilosec to pepcid (famotidine)

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

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Any side effects to taking Tums (calcium carbonate) every day?

Any side effects to taking Tums (calcium carbonate) every day?

Yes: Too many tums (or other antacids containing calcium carbonate) over an extended period of time can lead to "milk alkali syndrome" in which there are high levels of calcium in the blood & a shift in the body's acid-base balance towards alkaline. This can lead to calcium deposits in the kidneys & other tissues as well as kidney stones. Limit calcium intake to 1500 mg/day in divided doses. ...Read more

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Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

No black box warning: No "black box warning" about sulfa drugs with paxil (paroxetine). It can inhibit many of the liver isoenzymes that metabolize other drugs, but there isn't a problem with sulfa drugs. ...Read more

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Can i take generic Pepcid (famotidine) 20 mg 2x daily and sucralfate 1/2 gram 3x daily each day without any side effects?

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

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Would you take trulicity? with the box warning and all the bad side effects

Would you take trulicity? with the box warning and all the bad side effects

YES: This drug is a proven SECOND line treatment for Type 2 Diabetes and I assume it is being prescribed by YOUR Primary Care or Diabetes Care Professional! The B oxed Warnings on ANY Prescription Drug include a litany of side effects etc etc Follow your Health Care Professional's advice Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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To take prilosec, pepto bismal, and aciphex (rabeprazole) for my acidic stomach. Howeverit doesnnausea. Are these normal side-effects of surgery?

To take prilosec, pepto bismal, and aciphex (rabeprazole) for my acidic stomach. Howeverit doesnnausea. Are these normal side-effects of surgery?

Surgery?: Are you talking about cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery), I am assuming this is the case because usually it is followed by post-cholecystectomy syndrome, taking such medications for acidity indicates there is something serious needs to be taking care of with possibility of gastric ulcer. ...Read more

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I was wondering did risperdal's manufacturer provide insufficient warning labels regarding its adverse effects?

I was wondering did risperdal's manufacturer provide insufficient warning labels regarding its adverse effects?

They did provide: Medication side effects are supposed to be revealed by the drug developer. However, it may take several years of use in real life settings before certain side effects are fully appreciated, evaluated and understood. ...Read more

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I started taking Plavix once a day and I also take Prevacid (lansoprazole) and on occasion Prilosec. Is there any interactions with these drugs?

I started taking Plavix once a day and I also take Prevacid (lansoprazole) and on occasion Prilosec. Is there any interactions with these drugs?

Absolutely: There is a well know interaction between plavix and proton pump inhibitors. Plavix is a prodrug(inactive) and is activated in the liver. This process of activation is blocked by proton oump inhibitors. Specifically with nexium and prilosec, also somewhat with other ppis. The only one safe to use is dexilant (dexlansoprazole) and possibly protonix. Or change plavix to effient or brilinta under guidance of MD ...Read more

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Are these medicine's okay together? I just like a couple opinions. Lithium, lorazipam, claritin, (loratadine) omeprazole, colace, iron & flonaise?

Are these medicine's  okay together? I just like a couple opinions.  Lithium, lorazipam, claritin, (loratadine) omeprazole, colace, iron & flonaise?

Looks fine to me: The combination looks fine to me. I don't see any problems with it. The only thing that i would question would be use of colace. I don't know how long you're going to need to be on the iron. Something along the lines of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) may be better for you. Otherwise i don't see anything in the way of drug drug interactions that should be problematic. ...Read more

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I'm in toprol (metoprolol) xr, synthroid, vitamin d and miralax daily. Are their any interactions between these?

I'm in toprol (metoprolol) xr, synthroid, vitamin d and miralax daily. Are their any interactions between these?

Not realy: Orthostatic hypotension, limb discomfort, dysarthria. In about 3 people from a group of 80 patients study especially female above the age of 50 years old. Good luck. ...Read more

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Doctor prescribed effexor (venlafaxine) xr and seroquel, take seroquel for sleep. Is there any interactions between them? Can i take pepto bismol with these pills?

Doctor prescribed effexor (venlafaxine) xr and seroquel, take seroquel for sleep. Is there any interactions between them? Can i take pepto bismol with these pills?

Caution: Effexor (venlafaxine) XR + Seroquel interact to increase risk of irregular heart rhythm, though a rare side effect. Seroquel is an antipsychotic med with many side effects used for serious psychiatric disorders. Please review with prescribing doctor to make sure you understand all side effects and why Seroquel is being used for sleep. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do lansoprazole and clopidogrel cause any interactions?

Do lansoprazole and clopidogrel cause any interactions?

Yes: All ppi theoretically interfere the metabolism of plavix. Fortunately studies have shown that those interactions are not clinically significant. That being said Protonix (pantoprazole) has the least effect and is probably the safest to use with Plavix as needed. ...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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I take Advil (ibuprofen) for period cramps, but have read reports of OTC NSAIDS raising risk of heart attack/stroke even in small doses. Any safer options?

I take Advil (ibuprofen) for period cramps, but have read reports of OTC NSAIDS raising risk of heart attack/stroke even in small doses. Any safer options?

Many options: You could schedule a visit with an Obgyn and discuss all the options for painful periods. You could consider birth control pills, patch, Nuvaring, Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD, Depoprovera, Lysteda. If you are doing having children you could consider an endometrial ablation or other surgical options. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Pepcid (Definition)

Pepcid is a H2 receptor blocker which is a kind of ...Read more