What is Pepcid used to treat?
Pepcid is an effective drug for the treatment of ulcers of intestines and stomach and to stop intestinal ulcers from reoccurring after they have healed. It is also used to treat some throat and stomach problems such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and erosive esophagitis. This medication works by reducing the amount of acid made in the stomach. It helps to relieve symptoms such as heartburn, stomach pain, difficulty in swallowing, and persistent cough. Pepcid belongs to a group of medications known as H2 blockers.
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The active ingredient is histamine H2-receptor antagonist.
You can buy this medication without a prescription. It helps to treat and prevent heartburn and other problems caused due to acidity in the stomach. Before taking this medication, read the instructions inside the package carefully to educate yourself about the properties of this medicine. If you are using this drug without a prescription, make sure that you are not allergic to any of its ingredients.
The recommended oral dose for adults to prevent duodenal ulcer is famotidine 20mg daily before bedtime while famotidine 40 mg is the recommended oral dosage given for active gastric ulcer daily preferably before bedtime. Do not change the dose without consulting your doctor.
Pepcid generic is not recommended for children under 12 years of age unless prescribed by a physician. Older adults, pregnant women, and women who are breastfeeding should not use this medicine without consulting their doctor first.
Get immediate medical help if you experience any allergic reaction such as:
- Swelling of lips, throat, face, or tongue
- Difficulty in breathing
Stop taking this medicine and consult your doctor immediately if you experience the following side effects:
- Unexplained tenderness
- Weakness or muscle pain, especially if you experience unusual tiredness
- Dark colored urine
- Irregular or fast heartbeat
- Severe dizziness
- Mood changes
- Easy bruising or bleeding
Some common side effects that may be experienced by users are:
- Diarrhea or constipation
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What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.