What is Pepcid
is in a class of drugs called histamine receptor antagonists.
Pepcid works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach
is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines.
Pepcid is also used to treat conditions in which the stomach
produces too much acid and conditions in which acid comes
up into the esophagus and causes heartburn, such as gastroesophageal
reflux disease (GERD).
may also be used for conditions other than those listed in
this medication guide.
General medical information about Pepcid
Do not stop taking this medication without first
talking to your doctor. It may take up to 8 weeks for an
ulcer to heal.
Do not take antacids within 1 hour
of taking Pepcid. Antacids may decrease the effectiveness
What you should find out before taking
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease; or
- liver disease.
You may not be able to take Pepcid, or you may require
a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment
if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Pepcid RPD orally disintegrating tablets contain 1.05 mg
phenylalanine per 20 mg tablet and 2.10 mg phenylalanine
per 40 mg oral tablet. Individuals with phenylketonuria
may need to monitor their intake of this additive.
Pepcid is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that
it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not
take Pepcid without first talking to your doctor if you
are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
Pepcid passes into breast milk. It is not known whether
Pepcid will harm a nursing infant. Do not take this medication
without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding
How should take Pepcid Take Pepcid exactly as directed by your doctor. If
you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
oral dose with a full glass of water.
Chew the chewable
tablets thoroughly before swallowing.
with liquid is not necessary for the Pepcid RPD orally disintegrating
tablets. Just prior to taking a dose, peel open the blister
pack with dry hands and place the tablet on the tongue,
Where it will dissolve and be swallowed with the saliva.
Shake the Pepcid suspension vigorously for 5 to 10
seconds before measuring a dose. To ensure that you get
the correct dose, use a dose-measuring cup or spoon, not
a regular table spoon to measure a dose of the suspension.
If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist
Over-the-counter Pepcid is usually taken
15 minutes before consuming heartburn-inducing foods or
Do not stop taking this medication without
first talking to your doctor. It may take up to 8 weeks
for an ulcer to heal.
Store Pepcid at room temperature
away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed
dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do
not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise
directed by your doctor.
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is
Symptoms of a Pepcid overdose include
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased saliva production,
difficulty breathing, and a fast heartbeat.
Avoid while taking Pepcid There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or
activities while taking Pepcid unless otherwise directed
by your doctor.
Possible side effects of Pepcid If you experience any of the following serious side
effects, stop taking Pepcid and contact your doctor immediately
or seek emergency medical treatment.
- an allergic
reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling
of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- easy or
unusual bruising or bleeding;
- bleeding gums;
- yellowing of the skin or eyes;
- a rash.
Other, less serious side effects
may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Pepcid and
talk to your doctor if you experience
- headache; or
- diarrhea, nausea, or constipation.
Side effects other than those listed here may also
occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems
unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Pepcid Do not take antacids within 1 hour of taking Pepcid.
Antacids may decrease the effectiveness of Pepcid.
may affect the actions of other medications by changing the
acidity of the stomach. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist
before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines
during treatment with Pepcid, including herbal products.