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Zepcid 20 mg Capsule

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Composition for Zepcid 20 mg Capsule

Prescription Required

Primary uses of Zepcid 20 mg Capsule

Potentiallyunsafewith
Alcohol
MRP
76
₹7.6/Capsule
10 capsules in 1 strip
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Medicine Overview of Zepcid Capsule

Uses of Zepcid Capsule

Zepcid 20 mg Capsule is used in the treatment of acidity, peptic ulcer disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux).

Zepcid Capsule side effects

Common

Side Effects of Zepcid are Headache, Stomach pain, Nausea, Flatulence, Diarrhoea.

How to use Zepcid Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Zepcid 20 mg Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Zepcid Capsule works

Zepcid 20 mg Capsule is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach which helps in relief of acid related indigestion and heartburn.

In Depth Information on Zepcid Capsule

Expert advice for Zepcid Capsule

  • Inform your doctor if you get watery diarrhea, fever, or stomach pain that does not go away.
  • Inform your doctor if you do not feel better after taking it for 14 days as you may be suffering from some other problem that needs attention.
  • Long-term use can cause weak bones and deficiency of minerals such as magnesium. Take adequate dietary intake of calcium and magnesium or their supplements as prescribed by your doctor.
  • You have been prescribed Zepcid 20 mg Capsule to reduce stomach acid and heal stomach ulcers.
  • Take it one hour before the meal, preferably in the morning.
  • It is a well-tolerated medicine and provides relief for a long time.
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Zepcid Capsule related warnings
Special precautions for Zepcid Capsule
Alcohol
CAUTION
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Zepcid 20 mg Capsule may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
Zepcid 20 mg Capsule is probably safe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Driving
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
Zepcid 20 mg Capsule may cause dizziness and visual disturbances. This may affect your driving ability.
Kidney
SAFE
Zepcid 20 mg Capsule is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Zepcid 20 mg Capsule is recommended.
Liver
Zepcid 20 mg Capsule should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Zepcid 20 mg Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
A lower dose may be advised in patients with liver disease and who have to take this medicine for a long time.

What if you miss a dose of Zepcid Capsule?uses

If you miss a dose of Zepcid 20 mg Capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions about Zepcid Capsule

Frequently asked questions about Omeprazole

Q. Can I take Zepcid with domperidone?
Zepcid can be safely taken with domperidone as no harmful effects have been reported clinically. A fixed-dose combination of these two medicines is also available. Domperidone works by increasing the gut motility and Rabeprazole decreases the acid production in the stomach. So, this combination is very effective in the treatment of reflux esophagitis associated with acidity, heartburn, intestinal and stomach ulcers.
Q. What are the various conditions in which the use of Zepcid is contraindicated?
Use of Zepcid is contraindicated if you are allergic to this medicine or any other medicine belonging to the same class of drugs. Also, do not take Zepcid if you are already taking a medicine containing nelfinavir (used for the treatment of HIV infection).
Q. What if I miss my dose of Zepcid?
If you miss a dose of Zepcid, take it as soon as you remember and the next dose as scheduled. However, if it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose and then follow the regular schedule. Do not take double the dose.
Q. Can I take Zepcid along with oral contraceptive pills (birth control pills)?
Zepcid can be safely taken with oral contraceptive pills (birth control). They do not affect each other's action and no harmful effects have been seen when they are used together.
Q. What is Zepcid?
Zepcid belongs to the group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). This drug decreases the acid production in your stomach and is indicated for the treatment of conditions caused by excess acid secretion in the stomach.
Q. Can Zepcid cause subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus?
Zepcid has been reported to cause subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus in many studies. Common signs and symptoms of this disease include painful joints, tiredness, weakness, rash, fever, anemia, mouth ulcers, hair loss, and many others and these may get aggravated again and again. Talk to your doctor if you experience these side effects as you may need to discontinue this medicine.
Q. Can I take Zepcid with ondansetron?
Ondansetron is an anti-emetic medicine which helps in relieving nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting. No harmful effects have been seen when Zepcid is used with ondansetron. So, these two medicines can be taken together.
Q. Can Zepcid cause lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance has been reported with the use of Zepcid in some patients. Many Zepcid preparations contain lactose as an ingredient. This is a digestive problem in which the patient cannot digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products. The patient may complain of symptoms like flatulence (gas), diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain and feeling of being sick (nausea). Read the ingredients mentioned on the pack before taking the medicine.
Q. Can I take Zepcid with Vitamin E?
Zepcid can be taken with vitamin E. The combinations seems to have a beneficial effect in terms of better maintenance of moderate to severe esophagitis. However, there are not many studies or reports on this subject. Talk to your doctor for more information on this.
Q. Can I take Zepcid with levosulpiride?
Zepcid can be safely taken with levosulpiride as no harmful effects have been reported clinically. A fixed-dose combination of these two medicines is also available. Levosulpiride works by increasing the gut motility and Zepcid decreases the acid production in the stomach. So, this combination is very effective in the treatment of reflux esophagitis associated with acidity, heartburn, intestinal and stomach ulcers.
Q. Does Zepcid use increase the risk of clostridium difficile infection?
Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Zepcid may be associated with an increased risk of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD) as reported in few studies and informed by the US FDA as well. A possibility of CDAD can be there in patients taking PPIs and developed diarrhea that does not improve.
Q. Can Zepcid be used in cancer patients?
Zepcid can be taken by cancer patients as prescribed by a doctor. Since cancer patients may also take many other medicines for the primary cancer treatment or for other symptoms and infections, there are chances of drug interactions with Zepcid.
Q. For how long can Zepcid be taken?
Take Zepcid for as long as advised by your doctor. The duration of taking Zepcid would vary depending on your condition. Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor.
Q. Can Zepcid cause calcium deficiency and osteoporosis?
Zepcid can cause osteoporosis (thinning of bones) as it decreases the calcium absorption leading to calcium deficiency. This leads to an increased risk of bone fractures on long-term use, like hip, wrist or spine fractures. Inform your doctor if you have osteoporosis or if you are taking corticosteroids (these can increase the risk of osteoporosis) before starting your therapy. Take enough calcium and vitamin D to reduce the risk.
Q. What are the rare side effects of Zepcid?
Rare side effects seen with the use of Zepcid includes a decrease in white cells or platelets, allergic reactions, problems like blurred vision, wheezing, shortness of breath (bronchospasm), dry mouth, thrush, liver problems like jaundice, hair loss (alopecia), skin rash on exposure to sunshine, joint pains (arthralgia) or muscle pains (myalgia), severe kidney problems (interstitial nephritis), increased sweating and inflammation of the gut causing diarrhoea.
Q. How does Zepcid work?
Proton (acid) pumps are found on the stomach mucosa and they are responsible for secreting acid in the stomach. Zepcid works by blocking this gastric acid pump and this unique mechanism of action helps in decreasing the acid secretion in the stomach.
Q. Does Zepcid cause hepatitis B and can a patient of hepatitis take Zepcid?
Zepcid can rarely cause hepatitis with or without jaundice and very rarely it can lead to hepatic failure and encephalopathy in patients with the underlying liver disease. Zepcid does not cause hepatitis B or any other viral hepatitis. However, there are studies showing an increased occurrence of hepatic encephalopathy in hepatitis B patients using PPIs. These medicines should be used with caution in patients with the underlying liver disease.
Q. Does Zepcid increase chromogranin levels?
Use of proton pump inhibitors like Zepcid has been seen to be associated with an increase in chromogranin levels. This increase in chromogranin levels can be due to the effect of these drugs on enterochromaffin cells and this could also falsely increase the levels in patients with neuroendocrine tumours.
Q. Does Zepcid cause dementia?
Use of proton pump inhibitors like Zepcid has been recently linked with the development of dementia in elderly patients. As this risk of developing dementia is not confirmed, talk to your doctor for more information on this effect.
Q. Does Zepcid cause vitamin deficiencies?
Zepcid may cause vitamin B12 and vitamin C deficiency. When taken orally, vitamin B12 requires an acidic environment for its absorption from the stomach while Zepcid causes a decrease the gastric acid secretion. You may need to take vitamin B12 supplements from outside. The clinical significance of the decrease in vitamin C levels is not known, so vitamin C supplementation is not recommended.
Q. Does Zepcid have an expiry date?
Yes, Zepcid does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack and it refers to the last day of that month. Do not use Zepcid after the expiry date.
Q. What is the role of Zepcid before endoscopy in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding?
Zepcid before endoscopy in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding reduces the need for endoscopic therapy, the rate of post-endoscopy bleeding, and shortens hospital stays. Hence Zepcid is given before endoscopy in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding.
Q. Are there any withdrawal symptoms associated with the use of Zepcid?
There are no withdrawal symptoms seen when patients stop using Zepcid as it has no habit forming tendencies.
Q. Can Zepcid cause magnesium deficiency?
Zepcid can cause magnesium deficiency in the blood. Low magnesium levels is a rare side effect seen in patients treated with Zepcid for at least three months and in most cases after a year of therapy. The patient may have symptoms like tetany, arrhythmias, and seizures and may need to stop this medicine and take magnesium from outside. Magnesium levels should be tested at regular intervals in the patients taking Zepcid for a long duration.
Q. Is Zepcid a controlled substance?
Zepcid is not a controlled substance. It is available when prescribed by a doctor.
Q. Can Zepcid be used in cardiac patients?
Patients with cardiac disease can take Zepcid. However, Zepcid can interact with certain drugs (e.g clopidogrel, digoxin) which might be used by a patient with an underlying cardiac disease. Patients taking Zepcid and digoxin may need to be monitored for digoxin toxicity. Zepcid decreases the activation of clopidogrel, thus reducing its effects. Patients taking these medicines together needs to be monitored closely by a doctor.
Q. Can the use of Zepcid cause iron deficiency?
Use of Zepcid can cause iron deficiency and a decrease in hemoglobin levels as it decreases the acidic environment of the stomach needed for the absorption of iron. However, there are no recommendations on the regular monitoring of iron levels or taking iron supplements when the patient is taking Zepcid.
Q. Is Zepcid a narcotic substance?
Zepcid is a not a narcotic substance and has not been reported to have any abuse potential. Zepcid does not get you high and does not cause any addiction as no withdrawal symptoms have been reported when you stop taking this drug.
Q. Is Zepcid available without a prescription as an over the counter product?
Zepcid is a prescription medicine and you can buy this drug by providing a doctor's prescription. Zepcid is not available as an over the counter (OTC) product.
Q. How is Zepcid metabolised in the body?
Zepcid is metabolized in the liver by the cytochrome P450 enzymes mainly CYP2C19. There could be an increase in the level of Zepcid in patients with underlying liver disease because of a decrease in its metabolism. However, the amount of drug does not increase if given once a day.
Q. Can Zepcid be used in stroke patients?
Zepcid can be used in stroke patients. There are studies suggesting that proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) as a class are not associated with an increased short-term risk of recurrent stroke or death among older adults treated with clopidogrel after stroke.

Severely interacts with other drugs like

Taking Zepcid with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Zepcid with Cilostazol
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Cilostazol: Pencil, Zilast, Stozic, Preclaud, Pletoz
Zepcid with Ritonavir
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Ritonavir: Viriton, Ritomune, Ritomax
Zepcid with Nelfinavir
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Nelfinavir: Nel
Zepcid with Indinavir
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Indinavir: Indivan
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Magnesium Hydroxide: Mgmax
Zepcid with Nitrazepam
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Nitrazepam: Konit, Zipam, Enzed, Nitrosh, Hypnonex, Nitram, Nit, Nap, Nitrac, Nitrapam
Zepcid with Lorazepam
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Lorazepam: Psycopan, Urpam, Anxionil, Biokalm, Larosh, Loripam, Loratranc, Lori, Loralite, Loranxit
Zepcid with Clopidogrel
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Clopidogrel: Clopinorm, Hanatrel, Clopido, Klopy, Flo, Clopizen, Clopilet, Clopifine, Clopace, MYO
Zepcid with Clonazepam
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Clonazepam: Panik, Klojet, Sezolan, Brispam, Naze, Clono, Sonazep, Closis, Ubitpam, Clonarey
Zepcid with Chlordiazepoxide
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Chlordiazepoxide: Equblam, Zepox, Raipox, Equiliser, Anxibrium, Cdcon, Czep, Poxid, Peaceoxide, Anxon H
Zepcid with Diazepam
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Diazepam: Dizapam, Zeopse, Karpam, Osopose, Campin, Elpam, Elpose, Calmtack, Peptica, Placidox
Zepcid with Flurazepam
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Flurazepam: Nindral
Zepcid with Clobazam
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Clobazam: Risure, Boze, Clobazed, Solzam, Clozop, Sloba, Clobakon, Closum, Emilep, Oresta
Zepcid with Midazolam
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Midazolam: Medzol, Mezolam, Midfast
Zepcid with Sodium Bicarbonate
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Sodium Bicarbonate: Sodamax, Sobinix, Sobimed, Soda Bicarb Glycerin
Zepcid with Alprazolam
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Alprazolam: Eurolam, Tenzo, Indolam, Alzopam, Ezoprax, Aryalam, Lamad, Nucalm, Altok, Sozox
Zepcid with Etizolam
SERIOUS
Medicines with composition Etizolam: Etizom, Etimax, Etezole, Etilax, Ruhiz, Zoly, Etizaa, Etirest, Etimark, Etizep
Zepcid with Methotrexate
MODERATE
Medicines with composition Methotrexate: Methosis, Metrex, Cytotrex, Rhutrex, Meditrex, Vibzi, Meth
Zepcid with Dipyridamole
MODERATE
Medicines with composition Dipyridamole: Cardiwell
Zepcid with Phenytoin
MODERATE
Medicines with composition Phenytoin: Stoin, Marantin, Notian, Phenytoin Sodium, Phenozed, Episol, Epidium, Epilog, Neptoin, C-Toin
Zepcid with Roxithromycin
MINOR
Medicines with composition Roxithromycin: Zuroxy, Roxilim, Rox Thro, Ani Rox, Enirox, Serox, Marox, Roxup, Roxiden, P Rox
Zepcid with Clarithromycin
MINOR
Medicines with composition Clarithromycin: Clarimac, CLR, Claripax, O Clar, Clarinic, C Cin, Klarim, Klarinton, Cloff, Clavid
Zepcid with Digoxin
MINOR
Medicines with composition Digoxin: Cardisip, Digon, Cardioxin
Zepcid with Spiramycin
MINOR
Medicines with composition Spiramycin: Spiramycin, Macromycin, Spiratox
Zepcid with Erythromycin
MINOR
Medicines with composition Erythromycin: Arthrox, Ciresto, Eromax, Avithrocin, Denthrocin, E Cin, T Mycin, Suzithrocin, Methro, Erypsin

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