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Pepcid AC

Pepcid AC

Pepcid AC is a treatment for heartburn that is sold over the counter (OTC). This non-prescription brand name product is an acid controller designed to reduce and control stomach acid for up to 12 hours. In essence, its purpose is to prevent and relieve heartburn. Pepcid AC contains famotidine, of which there is only 10mg in each Pepcid AC tablet.

That being said, famotidine is also available as a prescription. Typically, if famotidine is prescribed in higher doses it is used to treat stomach and intestinal ulcers and to prevent intestinal ulcers from recurring after they have healed. It may also be used to treat GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) among other problems of the stomach and throat. Famotidine belongs to a class of drugs known as H2 blockers.

In regard to Pepcid AC, the usage directions are for adults and children 12 years and over. Users can take 1 tablet to relieve symptoms of heartburn, acid indigestion, upset or sour stomach. This medication can also be taken to prevent acid-related symptoms, which can be brought on by consuming food/beverages. To prevent acid related symptoms, users are instructed to take 1 tablet 10 to 15 minutes prior to eating.

If symptoms return, another tablet can be taken. That being said, no more than 2 tablets should be taken within a 24-hour period. It is also recommended for users to talk to their doctor if their symptoms continue for more than 14 days. It is important to take Pepcid AC according to the manufacturer’s instructions or as directed by your doctor.

Although most people can take Pepcid AC without experiencing adverse effects, this doesn’t mean that side effects are not possible when taking this non-prescription heartburn medicine. Common unpleasant side effects associated with this product include: constipation, fatigue, diarrhea, dizziness, insomnia, headache, mood changes, joint pain, dry mouth, nausea, etc. If you experience this or any other symptoms let your doctor know.

Be advised that Pepcid AC is not an ideal heartburn treatment for everyone. It is important to first consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or breast feeding, are allergic to any of the ingredients (active or inactive) in this product or have previously had an allergy to another acid reducer, have severe kidney disease or another severe illness.

It is also important to discuss taking this medication if you are over 40 and have experienced new or recently changed symptoms of acid indigestion or heart burn. You should also mention if you have had previous ulcer disease complications, or are experiencing unintended weight loss in association with your heartburn or indigestion symptoms.

Additionally, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Pepcid AC if you are currently taking any prescription, non-prescription or herbal supplements.

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