Pepcid - Dosage and Interactions

Pepcid is a brand name medication containing famotidine, a histamine-2 blocker that helps reduce stomach acid production. It is used to treat conditions like heartburn, acid indigestion, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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Available by prescription and over-the-counter in pharmacies.
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Pepcid FAQ

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What are the different types of Pepcid?

PEPCID® is a histamine-2 blocker (H2 blocker) that provides relief for heartburn. The active ingredient in PEPCID® products is famotidine, an H2 blocker that helps relieve heartburn by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. PEPCID® comes in three forms: Original Strength PEPCID AC ®, Maximum Strength PEPCID AC ®, and PEPCID Complete ® .

What is the difference between Pepcid and PPI?

Both Pepcid, a histamine-2 blocker, and a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) decrease the amount of acid in your stomach, but work in different ways. Original Strength PEPCID AC ® and Maximum Strength PEPCID AC ® can even prevent heartburn if taken 15 to 60 minutes before a meal.

Is Pepcid a safe acid reducer?

PEPCID® is the original famotidine brand and, for 35 years, has been effective and safe acid reducer when used as directed. PEPCID® is clinically proven to provide heartburn relief and is backed by 50+ clinical studies. PEPCID® is the #1 doctor recommended OTC acid reducer brand in the market.

What is Pepcid used for?

Pepcid is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also treats conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Pepcid also treats gastroesophageal reflux disease ( GERD) and other conditions in which acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing heartburn.

What is Pepcid (famotidine)?

What Is Pepcid? Pepcid (famotidine) is an H2-blocker used to treat and prevent recurrence of stomach and duodenal ulcers. Pepcid is also useful in managing heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Pepcid is available as a generic drug.

How does Pepcid Complete Work?

PEPCID COMPLETE® combines an H2 blocker with an antacid that starts neutralizing acid in your stomach in seconds, so it works even faster. Because the faster it starts relieving heartburn, the better. PEPCID® is an FDA approved, safe and effective remedy to relieve symptoms of occasional heartburn when used as directed.

Does Pepcid prevent heartburn?

‡ PEPCID AC® and Maximum Strength PEPCID AC® can prevent heartburn when taken 15 to 60 minutes before a meal. What Is Famotidine? Famotidine is a histamine-2 blocker. It works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces by blocking the histamine receptors in your stomach responsible for triggering acid production. Is PEPCID® Safe?

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