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US Brand Name Pepcid
Generic Name Famotidine
Other Brand Name Facid, Acicon, Famocid
Manufacturer SUN PHARMA, Nicholas, Alembic
Packing 14
Form Tablet
Strength 40 mg, 20 mg

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Introduction

Stomach or gastric acid helps in digestion of food in the human body. It is a digestive fluid which aids in the process of digestion of food in the stomach. But, due to certain medical conditions, stomach acid produces in excessive quantity, thereby harming the stomach and esophagus. So in order to prevent the production of acid, generic Pepcid is recommended by doctors.


Use

The drug belongs to group of drugs known as histamine-2 blockers and it primarily aims at reducing amount of acid in the stomach. The drug is also used for varied other purposes like for treating and preventing ulcers in the intestines and stomach, for treating those conditions which produce excessive acid like GERD (Gastroesphageal Reflux Disease), Zollinger-Ellsion syndrome, etc. With the help of drugs, those conditions are also treated in which acid backs up from stomach into esophagus, thereby leading to heartburn.


Side effects

Some of the common side-effects of generic Pepcid are dry mouth, muscle cramps, diarrhea, headaches, weakness, etc. These effects are not serious in nature and do not require any kind of treatment as they go away with the regular dosage. Some of the severe side-effects are pounding heartbeat, jaundice, tingly feeling, bleeding, etc. It is necessary to seek medical attention on instant basis for avoiding any kind of mishap.


storage

Prefer storing the tablet at cool or dry place, away from the light, moisture and heat.


Composition

Famotidine acts as main ingredient in the medication.


Important Precautions

Generic Pepcid is not meant for those patients who are allergic to famotidine or other H2 blockers. If you have any kind of liver or kidney disease, breathing problem, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cancer or other problem, take the medication after recommendation of health professionals only. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast feeding, doctors’ approval for taking the medication is a must. Avoid drinking and smoking while taking medication.


Dosage and administration

For treating duodenal ulcers, the recommended dosage is 40 mg tablet taken once in a day at bedtime or take two 20mg tablets in a day. The famotidine tablet must be chewed completely before swallowing it. Usually, the medicine takes 4 weeks to heat the ulcers and in some cases, the dosage needs to take for 8 weeks. An important fact necessary to disclose is that taking medication is only a part of the treatment. For complete treatment, it is important to incorporate changes in the diet and lifestyle. Moreover, for obtaining the best result, take the dosage in exact manner as prescribed by doctors.


Overdosage

If a person takes medicine more than prescribed, s/he will experience symptoms like diarrhea, fast heart rate, nausea, vomiting, etc. In such cases, it is important to take medical attention immediately.