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Pepcid is used to treat conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines -- which can include GERD, heartburn, and ulcers. The medication is available in both over-the-counter and prescription forms. It can be taken once or twice a day, or as needed. Pepcid works by blocking the action of histamine receptors in the stomach, which reduces the amount of acid produced. Potential side effects of the medicine can include diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness.
- Pepcid AC®
- Pepcid Complete®, a combination of Pepcid and two antacids (magnesium hydroxide and calcium carbonate).
Who Makes Pepcid?
- Duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the first part of the intestine after the stomach) -- It can be used to treat a duodenal ulcer and also to prevent ulcers from coming back.
- Gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers) -- It is approved to treat benign (noncancerous) gastric ulcers.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- It can be used to treat GERD, helping to relieve heartburn and heal esophagitis (damage to the esophagus) due to GERD.
- Pathological hypersecretory conditions -- It helps to treat these conditions (which occur when too much stomach acid is produced), such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
- Acid indigestion
- Sour stomach.