An example of this condition is the commonly occurring Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Pepcid can treat gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and more gastric disorders where acid retreats into the esophagus from the stomach, resulting in heartburn.
Important Information About Pepcid: It is not recommended to take Pepcid if you have an allergy to famotidine or other medications such as nizatidine (Axid), cimetidine (Tagamet), or ranitidine (Zantac). You should inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney ailments, stomach cancer, medical history of Long QT syndrome, asthma, COPD and respiratory problems before taking Pepcid. Also, intake of ranitidine (Zantac), cimetidine (Tagamet) and nizatidine (Axid) should be strictly avoided while on a Pepcid medication. Pepcid has also been known to impair thinking and reflexes or reactions in some patients. So you should be cautious if you are required to drive a vehicle or perform a task that demands alertness of mind. Pepcid can be taken as a part of a health program of cure which also includes change in diet or daily habits. The Doctors recommendations should be followed carefully.
Pepcid: Before You Start To Take This Medicine: People often fail to distinguish between heartburn is frequently and the initial indications of a real heart attack. It is advisable to obtain emergency medical attention in case of pains in the chest or feeling of heaviness, soreness spreading to the shoulder or arm, sickness, excessive perspiration, and feelings of discomfort. Lab tests indicate that Pepcid is injurious to pregnant mothers and their babies. But it is still recommended to consult your physician if you are expecting or are planning to enter the pregnancy stage while on Pepcin medication. Famotidine can seep into breast milk and hurt a milking infant. So don't take Pepcid if you are breast-feeding an infant without informing your physician first.
How Should Be Used Pepcid: Pepcid should be used exactly following the instructions provided on the label, or as approved by your physician. It is not advisable to use Pepcid in bigger or smaller quantities or for a larger span of time than is suggested to prevent unforeseen side effects. Pepcid comes in the form of a chewable tablet that you should chew up carefully and swallow. The oral suspension (liquid) should be shaken in the bottle for 5 seconds before measuring the dose. The liquid should be measured with a dose-measuring spoon especially meant for this purpose. Using a common table spoon is not recommended because they are not of a standard volume which may alter the dosage. Most ulcers heal in four weeks of Pepcid medication, but can stretch up to eight weeks if you are a chronic patient. Your family physician should be consulted if the ulcers do not show signs of receding after six weeks of intake. Pepcid should be stored at room temperature and far from dampness, light, and warmth. Any Pepcid that has not been used from one month or more should immediately be disposed off.
What To Do If You Miss A Dose: The dose that you miss should be taken as soon as you recall. It should be skipped if the time for the next scheduled dose has arrived. Don't intake an extra dose as it can cause Pepcid poisoning.