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Is taking Pepcid 20 mg more than the recommended dose safe?

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Dr. Ilir Sharka

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Posted on Thu, 12 Jul 2018 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I've been having terrible heartburn to the extent of feeling like I was having a heart attack. Went to the emergency room twice and they ran ekg's and were normal. They said they think I have GERD and referred me to a gastrointestinal Dr. next week and told me to take pepcid until then. When I take it it makes me feel much better but the package says to not take more than 2 twenty milligram tablets in a 24 hour period. But they wear off and I feel terrible. Can I safely take more?
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello !

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that it is true that normal daily doses of this drug go up to 40 mg daily.

But in some medical condition, the dose may be raised further ( up to 360mg daily).

Anyway, I would not recommend taking higher doses before consulting with your doctor.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr.Iliri
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Follow up: Dr. Ilir Sharka 8 minutes later
What could I do for relief until Monday when I see the specialist?
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka 18 minutes later
Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello again!

I recommend avoiding spicy food and ear more frequently and in small portions.

You may take up to 3 tablets.

Kind regards!

Dr. Iliri
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