Pepcid (Famotidine 20 mg)
€39.80 – €63.52
The medication sold as Pepcid is based on Famotidine, an active agent discovered back in the 1970s. Therefore, it is also available from other drug makers and at a lower price. The medication is used for the treatment and prevention of non-malignant ulcerative processes in the stomach and duodenum. It can be used in already existing ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and as a prevention of relapses in both conditions. Read our complete medication guide to find out how to use the drug in different conditions and for different purposes. Make sure to consult your doctor before you start the therapy with the medication.
What is the medication you can buy as Pepcid?
The medication on which the brand name medication Pepcid is based is called Famotidine. It was discovered in 1979 and is now also made by other pharmaceutical companies than that which owns the brand Pepcid. The branded medication is produced by McNeil Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co but the medication is available under a variety of names and at a much lower price if you buy Generic Pepcid instead. It is possible because the exclusive patent had already terminated and it is legally allowed other producers to use the same formula even if they didn’t develop it.
The medication is appointed for peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, symptomatic ulcers, erosive and reflux esophagitis, and other conditions in which the lowering of the acidity of the stomach is required.
How does Pepcid act?
The main action of the preparation is antiulcer. It is achieved through the blocking of histamine H2 receptors and suppression of pepsin activity. Through this, it lowers the basal (on empty stomach) production of gastric acid and stimulated production (after food consumption). As it lowers the acidity of the gastric acid, it allows erosions and ulcers to heal and protects the stomach walls from the development of new ulcers.
The medication is not fully absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract – only 40-45% of it is active within the body. It is heightened by the consumption of food and is lowered in the use of antacids. The maximum concentration of the medication in the body is achieved within one-three hours after the pill use. The binding to plasma proteins is 15-20%. The medication is metabolized in the liver and is excreted in urine. Therefore, people with impaired kidney function may require dosage adjustments to avoid accumulation of Famotidine in the body. The active agent penetrates placenta and is excreted in breast milk.
The action of the drug starts to manifest within one hour after the pill intake and reaches it maximum in three hours. The effect lasts for ten to twelve hours.
Can I purchase Generic Pepcid instead of the brand-name tablets?
As you probably know, generic medications are cheaper than the branded ones. Besides, they offer the same effect as they are based on the same ingredients and formula. It means that there is no point of spending more money simply because one medication bears a known name. If somebody told you that generics are inferior, it’s either a doctor who gets kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies to promote their branded medicines or a person who chose an incorrect dosage of generic or used it improperly and didn’t get the needed effect.
To avoid getting the worse effect from a generic medication, when you buy Pepcid with a different name on the package, first of all, verify that its active ingredient which is always indicated on the original package and blisters is Famotidine. Then, you need to verify that the amount of the active ingredient in the pills you are about to buy corresponds to your needs. For instance, the preparation is available in a form of pills with 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg of the active substance per pill. If for your condition you need 40 mg pills, do not buy 10 mg pills as naturally, their effect will be insufficient. Following these simple tips and choosing a reliable online pharmacy, you will enjoy absolutely the same effect from the generic medication as from the branded one at a fraction of the price. Besides, you can order Famotidine from our online pharmacy without having a prescription which will also save you your money.
When is Famotidine prescribed to be used?
The medication is appointed for the therapy of non-malignant stomach ulcer, therapy and prophylaxis of duodenum ulcer relapses, treatment of hyper-secretory conditions, such as the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, treatment of erosive gastroduodenitis, systemic mastocytosis, polyendocrine adenomatosis, dyspepsia with increased production of gastric juice, dyspepsia caused by increased acidity of gastric juice, prevention of the development of symptoms and erosion or ulceration caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, and other conditions.
If you suffer from heartburn, bloating, gastric acid splashes into your mouth and other digestive tract problems, you can order Pepcid without Rx at this webpage but we strongly recommend you get tested first to be sure that you don’t need other treatment such as antibiotics in case of Helicobacter pylori or even a malignant process in the digestive tract.
When is it prohibited to use Pepcid?
Do not use the medication if you have previous negative experience with it such as allergic reactions. Besides, you should not use the pills if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The medication must be cautiously used in liver cirrhosis accompanied by hepatic encephalopathy or in children.
With what medicines Pepcid negatively interacts?
The absorption and eventually the efficiency of certain medications is contingent on the acidity of the stomach juice, therefore, if you take them and order Generic Pepcid, you should know that it must be swallowed at least two hours after these pills intake. Some of these preparations are Ketoconazole, Amoxicillin, iron-containing medicines, and others.
The simultaneous use with other antagonists of H2 receptors with Tolazoline is proven to be lowering the effect of the later. Although there is no proven data on the interaction of Famotidine with Tolazoline, the probability of lowering of the effect of the later in the combined use of these drugs is quite high. Therefore, in case you undergo the therapy with this drug, you need to check its effectiveness before you started using Generic Pepcid and during the therapy with this antiulcer medication. In case the lowered effectiveness Tolazoline is observed during the use of Pepcid, the dose of Tolazoline should be gradually raised or the therapy with Pepcid discontinued.
Probenecid can slow the release of Famotidine.
Food and antacids do not significantly impact the effect of Famotidine though it is advised to take antacids two hours before or after Famotidine.
If you currently use any medications or supplements, make sure to talk about the possibility of their use with Pepcid or before you order Generic Famotidine.
What are probable negative effects of Generic Famotidine?
The use of the medication can contribute to the occurrence of such unpleasant symptoms as dryness of the oral cavity, lowered appetite, nausea, vomiting, pain in the stomach, elevated activity of hepatic transaminases, constipation or loose stools, yellowing of the skin due to hepatitis, acute pancreatitis, arrhythmia, and others including allergy.
In case you develop heat side effects or allergy, stop using the drug and talk to your doctor.
Precautions to follow
Before you buy Famotidine, you need to make sure that you are not suffering from a malignant tumor of the digestive tract as the therapy with this medication can hide the symptoms of carcinoma of the stomach.
Do not start the treatment with the drug unless you discussed the possibility of its use with your doctor and necessary tests in case you suffer from liver or kidney disease as these diseases can trigger the occurrence of psychical disorders in the high doses of Famotidine; you have any other conditions or take any other medicines; you are over 40 years old and the symptoms of digestive tract problems are bothering you for the first time or the character of previous symptoms has changed; if you have symptoms of the digestive tract disorder and lose weight; your feces are of black color; have swallowing trouble and/or chronic pains in the abdomen.
The medication must be cautiously used in HIV or AIDS, and porphyria (including history).
The symptoms of the ulcer of the stomach and duodenum can disappear after one or two weeks of treatment with the drug but the therapy must be continued until the healing is proven through the endoscopic or X-ray examination.
It is important to get monitored, especially if you are 65 years or older or have a history of ulcers and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications along with Famotidine.
How to use Famotidine tablets?
The preparation is the most effective if taken before bedtime. If you should take the medication twice a day, the first dose must be taken in the morning and another one before bedtime.
The benign peptic ulcer of stomach and duodenum is treated with 40 mg taken before sleep for four-eight weeks.
The prophylaxis of the ulcer after the expected effect is achieved is made with 20 mg taken before sleep for one to four weeks.
The therapy of gastroesophageal reflux disease is made with 20 or 40 mg once or twice a day based on the severity of the condition. The treatment is made for six-twelve weeks.
The therapy of gastroesophageal reflux disease accompanied by erosive esophagitis or ulcer, the therapy is made with 40 mg taken twice a day for six-twelve weeks.
For the prophylaxis and relapses of symptoms of erosion or ulcer associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease, the daily dosage is 40 mg split into two intakes.
For the therapy of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, the dose of the medication is selected individually by a doctor. For instance, patients who hadn’t received antisecretory drugs previously can take 20 mg four times a day or every six hours. Patients who have previously used other antagonists of H2 receptors can start the therapy with 40 mg every six hours. The initial dosages can be subsequently adjusted based on the clinical condition of the patient up to 160 mg taken every six hours.
In kidney insufficiency and creatinine clearance less than 30 ml per minute, it is advised to lower the daily dosage to mg or increase the interval between the intakes to 36-48 hours.
The discontinuation of the therapy must be made with the gradual decrease of the dosage as the symptoms of the disease can worsen in the abrupt withdrawal.
What should you do if you overdose?
First of all, to avoid overdosing, when you buy Generic Famotidine and start the therapy, do not take the double dose if you forgot to take one. The symptoms you may develop if you overdose of Famotidine are: vomiting, tremor, motor excitation, lowering of the blood pressure, tachycardia, and collapse.
The first measures to take are discontinuation of the medication use and induction of vomiting and/or gastric lavage. If the symptoms are severe, you should seek medical assistance and undergo symptomatic treatment at a hospital.
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