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Alternatives to Pepcid

Pepcid is quite effective at treating GERD, ulcers, and other digestive problems. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, it is possible that Pepcid side effects will occur or that the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to Pepcid. Some examples of substitute medications include:
 
Other alternatives can include dietary changes (see GERD Diet) and surgery (for more serious problems).
 
(Click Famotidine Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to this medication. Click Treatment Options for GERD to learn other ways of managing this condition.)
 

What If I Take an Overdose of Pepcid?

People who take too much of this medication may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • A rapid heart rate (tachycardia).
     
If you happen to overdose, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Famotidine Overdose for more information.)
 

How Should It Be Stored?

All forms of Pepcid (including liquid Pepcid suspension) should be stored at room temperature away from moisture or heat. The medication should be kept in an airtight container. Pepcid suspension is good for 30 days once it is mixed by your pharmacist. After 30 days, it should not be used and should be thrown away.
 
Keep Pepcid and all other medications out of the reach of children.
 
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