Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Are Heartburn Pills Safe?

Friday, 26 October 2012 02:55 PM

Question: I have been using Pepcid AC for heartburn for more than 20 years. Could this have some negative long-term effects? Should I switch to something else? I’m 80, but in pretty good health.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Long-term use of Pepcid AC is usually a clue you need physician evaluation to understand what’s causing your heartburn. Although Pepcid use can be safe, if you’re taking it with physician’s supervision, I am concerned that you have no definitive diagnosis of the cause of your heartburn. All drugs can have adverse affects, and though Pepcid is commonly available without a prescription, your use has long exceeded the period advised for non-prescription self-management of heartburn. See your doctor and consider an endoscopic evaluation done by a gastroenterologist to check the health of your esophagus and stomach to be sure no premalignant changes or strictures are occurring.

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