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What is Pepcid?
Pepcid is an oral drug that contains Famotidine as active ingredient. It is a histamine 2 receptor antagonist that works by blocking the action of histamine receptors in the stomach, thus reducing acid production. Reducing stomach acid the drug prevents and treats acid-induced inflammation and ulcers. It comes in tablet form with various strengths and is licensed to treat several conditions related to stomach, esophagus and intestines.
When is Pepcid indicated?
Pepcid is indicated for the treatment of gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers, GERD and pathological hypersecretory conditions as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, multiple endocrine adenomas, etc. It is effective in reducing ulcer pains and preventing ulcers recurrence. The drug is also prescribed to treat occasional heartburn, sour stomach and acid indigestion. It can be used in adults and children over 1 year of age.
How to take Pepcid?
Pepcid is usually taken once or twice a day or when needed. The dosage for duodenal ulcers treatment in adults is 40 mg once daily at bedtime or 20 mg twice a day for 4 weeks. Gastric ulcers in adults are treated with 40 mg once daily before bedtime. Esophagitis is treated with 20 mg or 40 mg twice daily for 12 weeks. GERD is treated with 20 mg once daily for 6 weeks. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is tread with 20 mg every 6 hours. Heartburn is treated with 20 mg daily administered 15 minutes before the ingestion of food that causes heartburn. Pediatric dosage is calculated upon the weight of the child.
What are Pepcid side effects?
Pepcid is generally well tolerated, though, if side effects occur, they are usually mild and require no treatment. These side effects include: dizziness, headache, diarrhea and constipation. In very rare cases the drug may provoke insomnia, confusion, muscle pain, asthenia, arrhythmia, allergic reactions and signs of hepatic damage, which should be immediately reported to the doctor or pharmacist.
When is Pepcid contraindicated?
Pepcid is contraindicated to patients with known hypersensitivity to other histamine 2 receptor antagonists. It shouldn’t be administered to nursing women, pregnant women and children under 1 year of age. People with moderate to severe renal insufficiency may require dose adjustment.