Pepcid Famotidine and/or alternatives
Pepcid belongs to a class of drug known as histamine-2 blockers. The generic name of Pepcid is Famotidine. Your doctor may ask you to buy Pepcid if you are suffering from stomach ulcer. Pepcid is taken orally in the form of suspension or tablets.
Indications & Dosage of Pepcid
Pepcid is used to prevent and treat ulcers in the intestines and stomach. It is also used to cure a disease known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome in which the stomach produces excess acid. Pepcid treats GERD or gastroesophageal reflux and conditions in which the acid recedes into the esophagus and causes heartburn. Pepcid decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach and provides relief from the various symptoms.
The dosage of Pepcid depends on a lot of factors like patients’ age, medical conditions and medications they take. The recommended dosage of Pepcid for treating upper intestine ulcer is 40 mg to be taken as a whole or in two equal doses.
To treat stomach ulcers, Pepcid 40 mg is the recommended dose.
Children between 1 and 16 years of age should take Pepcid 0.5 mg per kg per day.
For adults suffering from GERD, the recommended dosage of Pepcid is 20 mg. For infants and children, the dosage of Pepcid will depend on their weight.
Pepcid tablets must be chewed properly and then swallowed. If you are taking Pepcid suspension, shake the bottle before use.
Side Effects & Interactions of Pepcid
Pepcid may cause some negligible side effects. You may consult your doctor if any of these side effects become unbearable :
- Dry mouth
- Mood changes
- Muscle cramps
- Weakness and joint pain
Pepcid may give rise to some serious side effects that require immediate medical attention. Call your doctor if you notice any of these side effects :
- Easy bleeding or bruising
- Numbness or tingling
- Pounding heartbeat
- Allergic reactions
Certain drugs may interact with Pepcid and cause side effects. You must let your doctor know about all the medications you take before commencing treatment with Pepcid, especially :
Warnings & Precautions of Pepcid
Before commencing treatment with Pepcid, you must tell your doctor about all the medical conditions you have, especially :
- Stomach cancer
- Kidney disease
- Long QT syndrome
- Liver disease
- Other breathing problems
People who are allergic to famotodine should not buy Pepcid. If you notice any signs of allergic reactions like hives or swelling of the tongue, lip and face, or difficulty breathing, you must seek medical help.
If you are pregnant or are planning to conceive, consult your doctor about the harmful side effects of Pepcid on your unborn baby.
Lactating mothers should not take Pepcid. Ask your doctor for advice if you have to take Pepcid while breastfeeding your baby.
Infants below 12 months of age should not be given Pepcid.
Pepcid may affect your thinking and reasoning skills. Do no indulge in driving or performing activities that require you to be alert.
Your doctor may suggest diet and lifestyle changes along with treatment with Pepcid. Make sure that you follow his/her instructions carefully.
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