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What is Pepcid prescribed for?

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Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015
Question: what is pepcid? I was told to mix it into a skin lotion to relieve itching. where can it be purchased? is it over the counter?
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
It is over the counter but not used to treat itches!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much of this query.

I am so sorry to hear about the itches that you have reported. Pepcid is the commercial name for Famotidine. This drug is used to treat stomach problems(gastritis) and not body itches> my thinking might be that you didn’t copy the information correctly. I will suggest you double check with your doctor on this.

In all, it is sold over the counter and present in just any drug store like CVS, Walmart, Sam’s club, etc. It is not used for itches and i would recommend you double check with your doctor before doing so.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thanks for using our services and feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (3 days later)
I was told by the very first Doctor (Dr. Michele Gibson James) that I talked to RIGHT HERE on this site, that pepcid could be mixed into whatever lotions I was already using to treat the itch!!!!!! I am completely confused and have lost all of whatever confidence I had with this website !
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Pepcid is used for angioderma.....Wheals and flares and not itches!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this follow up.

Our different stands represents what actually goes on in the real medical community. I am sure you must have not had slightly different opinions from your doctors on the same issue.

Pepcid is anti histamine that acts on H2 receptors. This can be associated with drugs that act on H1 receptors such as benadryl, Zyrtec, etc. when we have to deal with conditions like angioedema which is swelling of the skin. To solely prescribe this medication to control itches is something am not familiar with and would definitely not recommend. I have looked up for the possible use of this medication for itches with no convincing information and would not recommend so at this time.

If you tried it and it helps, continue with it. However, I lack enough evidence to support that fact at this time.

I hope this helps. I wish you well.


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What is Pepcid prescribed for?

Brief Answer: It is over the counter but not used to treat itches! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much of this query. I am so sorry to hear about the itches that you have reported. Pepcid is the commercial name for Famotidine. This drug is used to treat stomach problems(gastritis) and not body itches> my thinking might be that you didn’t copy the information correctly. I will suggest you double check with your doctor on this. In all, it is sold over the counter and present in just any drug store like CVS, Walmart, Sam’s club, etc. It is not used for itches and i would recommend you double check with your doctor before doing so. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thanks for using our services and feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.