Pepcid ACand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Famotidine
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
No generic is available for Pepcid AC 10mg.
- Manufactured by Merck Canada Inc
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Over the Counter
No generic is available for Pepcid AC 10mg.
Pepcid AC Drug Information
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Pepcid AC Drug Information
Pepcid AC Overview
Famotidine is used to treat ulcers of the stomach and intestines and to prevent intestinal ulcers from coming back after they have healed. Pepcid AC is also used to treat certain stomach and throat (esophagus) problems (such as erosive esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease-GERD, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as cough that doesn't go away, stomach pain, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing. Famotidine belongs to a class of drugs known as H2 blockers. Pepcid AC is also available without a prescription. Pepcid AC is used to prevent and treat heartburn and other symptoms caused by too much acid in the stomach (acid indigestion). If you are taking Pepcid AC for self-treatment, it is important to read the manufacturer's package instructions carefully so you know when to consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How to Use Pepcid AC
Take Pepcid AC by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily. If you are taking Pepcid AC once daily, it is usually taken right before bedtime. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. In children, dosage may also be based on body weight. You may take other medications (e.g., antacids) for your condition as recommended by your doctor. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Take Pepcid AC regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. Do not stop taking Pepcid AC without your doctor's approval because this may delay healing of the ulcer. If you are using nonprescription famotidine for self-treatment of acid indigestion or heartburn, take 1 tablet by mouth with a glass of water as needed. To prevent heartburn, take 1 tablet by mouth with a glass of water 15-60 minutes before eating food or drinking beverages that cause heartburn. Do not use more than 2 tablets in 24 hours unless directed by your doctor. Do not take for more than 14 days in a row without talking with your doctor. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Pepcid AC Precautions
Before taking famotidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other H2 blockers (such as cimetidine, ranitidine); or if you have any other allergies. Pepcid AC may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Pepcid AC, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,immune system problems, kidney problems, liver problems, lung problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), other stomach problems (e.g., tumors). Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition.heartburn with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (especially with shortness of breath, unusual sweating), unexplained weight loss. In addition, before you self-treat with Pepcid AC,trouble/pain swallowing food, bloody vomit, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, bloody/black stools, heartburn for over 3 months, frequent chest pain, frequent wheezing (especially with heartburn), nausea/vomiting, stomach pain. Do not use to treat children younger than 12 unless directed by the doctor. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Pepcid AC, especially mental/mood changes (such as confusion), seizure, or unusual tiredness. Famotidine should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Pepcid AC passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Pepcid AC Misdose
If you miss a dose of Pepcid AC, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Pepcid AC Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products need stomach acid so that the body can absorb them properly. Famotidine decreases stomach acid, so it may change how well these products work. Some affected products include atazanavir, dasatinib, delavirdine, certain azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), pazopanib, among others. Do not take Pepcid AC with other products that contain famotidine or other H2 blockers (cimetidine, nizatidine, ranitidine).
Pepcid AC Side Effects
What are Pepcid AC side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Pepcid AC may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Pepcid AC as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Pepcid AC
The side effects of Pepcid AC may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Pepcid AC. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Pepcid AC may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Pepcid AC, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Pepcid AC.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Pepcid AC, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Pepcid AC and the side effects associated with Pepcid AC are described in the following:
Common Pepcid AC Side Effects
- headache disorder
Less Frequent Pepcid AC Side Effects
Rare or Very Rare Pepcid AC Side Effects
- thrombocytopenic disorder
- psychiatric disorder
- cardiac arrhythmia
- interstitial pneumonitis
- bronchospastic pulmonary disease
- obstructive hyperbilirubinemia
- toxic epidermal necrolysis
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- seizure disorder
- skin rash
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- atrioventricular block
- increased aspartate transaminase
- increased alanine transaminase
- neutropenic disorder
- allergic conjunctivitis
- pruritus of skin
- acne vulgaris
- dry skin
- general weakness
- facial edema
- acute confusion
- acute abdominal pain
Pepcid AC Storage
Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Store the nonprescription medication at room temperature between 68-86 degrees F (20-30 degrees C). Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Pepcid AC when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
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