This medication regimen comprising three drugs is indicated for the management of heartburn and related symptoms stemming from excessive acid secretion in the stomach, also known as acid indigestion.
Famotidine, an acid secretion inhibitor, effectively suppresses heartburn and acid indigestion recurrence. Calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide act as antacids and quickly alleviate stomach acid levels to alleviate heartburn.
Uses and Dosage
For relief or prevention of heartburn and indigestion symptoms, chew one tablet completely and swallow, or take as prescribed by your physician. Avoid swallowing the tablets whole without chewing.
Ensure that you adhere to the recommended dosage of not more than two tablets within a 24-hour period, and follow all instructions provided in the product packaging. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
This product contains an antacid that may interact with other medications, potentially impeding their full absorption. Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist regarding scheduling your medication to avoid such an occurrence.
Discontinue using this medication and promptly seek medical attention if your symptoms persist or fail to improve after commencing usage, or if you have taken it continuously for 14 days.
Consult your doctor before taking this medicine for more than 14 days in a row.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- stomach pain
- loss of appetite
- dry mouth
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- skin rash
- itching or hives
- swelling of face, lips or tongue
- heartbeat rhythm changes
- trouble breathing
- chest pain
Prior to using this product, inform your physician or pharmacist of any known allergies to famotidine, other H2 blockers (such as cimetidine, ranitidine), other antacids containing calcium/magnesium, or any other allergies. This medication may contain inactive ingredients that could trigger an allergic reaction or other complications.
Consult your physician or pharmacist if you have kidney problems, liver problems, or other stomach issues (such as tumors) before using this product. Some symptoms may indicate more severe conditions. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience heartburn accompanied by lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (particularly if accompanied by shortness of breath, unusual sweating), or unexplained weight loss.
Prior to self-treatment with this medication, seek immediate medical attention if you experience difficulty or pain while swallowing food, bloody vomit, vomit that resembles coffee grounds, bloody/black stools, heartburn lasting for more than three months, frequent chest pain, frequent wheezing (especially in conjunction with heartburn), nausea/vomiting, or stomach pain.
Children under the age of 12 should not use this medication unless directed by a physician.
Elderly individuals may be more susceptible to side effects, such as mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion), seizure, or unusual fatigue.
During pregnancy, this medication should only be used when the benefits outweigh the risks. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your physician and notify them if you are pregnant before using this medication.
This medication is excreted into breast milk. Consult your physician before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Pepcid Complete is available in the following forms and strengths:
Pepcid Complete chewable tablet:
What is the difference between Pepcid and Pepcid Complete?
Pepcid Complete combines an H2 blocker with an antacid that starts neutralizing acid in your stomach in seconds, so it works even faster.
Should you drink water after taking Pepcid Complete?
Take 1 tablet by mouth with a glass of water 15-60 minutes before eating food or drinking beverages that cause heartburn.