If you’re one of those unlucky people who wakes up with searing heartburn pain after you visit your favorite Mexican restaurant, then you’re probably best friends with a drug called Pepcid AC. If you’re worried about your dog having digestive problems, Pepcid AC may be prescribed by your veterinarian.
Fast Facts: What Is Famotidine (Pepcid)?
Is Pepcid AC the same as Pepcid?
Both Pepcid and Pepcid AC are composed of the same active ingredient (famotidine). Pepcid AC refers to the over-the-counter, lower-strength version, while Pepcid often refers to the prescription strength versions.
Pepcid CompleteÂ® is a chewable tablet that consists of famotidine combined with an antacid. The antacid component provides faster relief (minutes) for symptoms of heartburn, while the famotidine takes longer (peak effect 2 hours).
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving famotidine to my pet?
You should discuss the underlying issue with your veterinarian before giving your pet any medication. For example, if your dog is not eating, you should discuss potential causes and create a plan of action. Itâs important to look for additional symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, blood in the vomit or stool, and any other abnormalities.
Famotidine belongs to a class of medications called âH2 blockers.â Other drugs in this class include cimetidine and ranitidine, which can also be used in dogs. Alternative drugs such as omeprazole, commonly known as PrilosecÂ®, may have superior gastric acid suppression. Depending on your dogâs clinical symptoms, alternatives likeÂ cereniaÂ may be recommended to treat vomiting.
Yes, you can buy famotidine over-the-counter in some sizes (10 mg is the most common).
How much Pepcid AC can I give my dog?
The typical dose of famotidine administered is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg) every 12 to 24 hours. There is a diminished effect when given for more than 14 consecutive days. For this reason, twice daily dosing may be recommended.
Can I give my dog 10 mg of Pepcid?
Can I give my dog 20 mg Pepcid?
Can I crush Pepcid AC for my dog?