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Pepcid Warnings And Recalls
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?
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Is Buspar (buspirone) 5 mg for anxiety safe to take in heart patients? Are their any warnings I should know about?
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
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
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
I'm in toprol (metoprolol) xr, synthroid, vitamin d and miralax daily. Are their any interactions between these?
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
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
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
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