Acid Reflux, Heartburn Cure
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medicine. For most heartburn sufferers the name Pepcid
or Pepcid AC is well known. Pepcid AC is an antacid
tablet that is used to relieve the pain of heartburn. The
chemical drug name of Pepcid AC is Famotidine.
The use of Pepcid AC is for the short term treatment of
an active duodenal ulcer. This is an ulcer that is found in
the upper intestines. The period of treatment is about 4
to 8 weeks. For a gastric ulcer that is benign (not
harmful) yet active the time length is 6 to 8 weeks.
Pepcid AC is also recommended for GERD. GERD is a
severe condition where the esophagus has become
highly inflamed due to frequent acid reflux entering the
Pepcid AC belongs to a group of drugs that are known as
Histamine blockers, or H2 blockers, and is an over the
counter drug that is used mainly to relieve and prevent
future heartburn, acid indigestion and a sour stomach.
You should not expect Pepcid AC to begin with to relieve
your heartburn problems immediately. It may take at least
several days for the medicine to take effect. While you
are using Pepcid AC, other antacids maybe used at the
same time. Pepcid AC should be taken with water at least
1 hour before a meal that might cause heartburn. There
is a course of treatment that you need to continue for
Pepcid AC to be effective. Should you miss a dose and
the time is near your next dosage, then you must only
take the upcoming one tablet.
The most common side effect that you can experience is
headaches. There are other less known side effects. A
few of these are acne, breast development in males,
depression, sleepiness and others.
For those heartburn sufferers who may have had an
allergic reaction to Pepcid AC, or a another type of H2
blocker such as Tagamet, Zantac or Axid then you should
not take Pepcid AC. Make sure that your doctor is aware
of any drug reactions you have experienced due to this
or similar drugs. Also those who have or suspect they
may have stomach cancer should understand that Pepcid
AC may relieve the cancer symptoms without curing the
stomach cancer. Your doctor will be careful to rule out
You need to take the recommended dose of tablets that
your doctor will inform you of. You should not take more
than 2 Pepcid AC tablets a day continuously for more
than two weeks. This must be understood and followed
unless you have other directions from your doctor.
Pregnant women need to understand that the effects of
Pepcid AC are not known with regards to pregnancy. Like
all medications it is best to consult with your doctor
before you start using this drug. Your doctor will know if
the use of this drug will be of help to you or if using it
will cause harm, especially if you are pregnant.
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