It is used for short-term treatment of GERD, a condition in which the acid contents of the stomach flow back into the esophagus and treatment and prevention of ulcers.
Take Pepcid exactly as directed by your doctor. It may be some days before you start seeing the effects of the medicine. If you are taking other antacids, then consult your doctor prior to taking Pepcid.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. But ensure that you space out the remaining doses. If you do not remember it on time, then skip it and continue with your regular dose. But do not take a double dose.
Store it at room temperature.
Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an overdose.
The drug may cause light-headedness, dizziness, and faintness in some people. Do not consume alcohol along with the drug. Do not drive or handle heavy machinery until you know how to react to the drug.
Some medical conditions may interact with this medicine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
if you have kidney or liver problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pepcid . However, no specific interactions with Pepcid are known at this time.
Possible Side Effects
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; headache.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); convulsions (seizures).
For best results, this medication is often used along with lifestyle changes such as stress-reduction programs, exercise and dietary changes. Talk to your health care professional about lifestyle changes you can benefit from. Laboratory tests may be done periodically while taking this medication to monitor results and prevent side effects.