Pros: Fast- acting; Convenient individual packaging; Easy to take
Cons: High price
Pepcid AC Maximum Strength is a product designed to treat acid indigestion and heartburn. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson Inc., of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Pepcid AC Maximum Strength is formulated to help tackle a tougher than average case of acid- related stomach ailments.
What does This Product Relieve?:
This medicine helps to relieve heartburn associated with acid indigestion or sour stomach. It can also be taken to help prevent heartburn/acid indigestion/ sour stomach by swallowing a dose before a meal that includes specific foods and beverages known to cause these conditions.
Directions for Use:
For adults and children 12 years of age or older, take one pill taken with a glass of water. This one- pill dose can be taken when symptoms have already developed, for quick relief, or before a heavy meal, to prevent symptoms from developing.
Children under 12 years of age should not take without first consulting a physician. And the maximum dosage for adults is two tablets in 24 hours.
Pepcid AC Maximum Strength contains the active ingredient Famotidine (20 mg per tablet), which acts as an acid reducer. Other ingredients include camuba wax, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Questions about Pepcid AC Maximum Strength can be directed to the customer support hotline, 800-755-4008, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 4:30pm, EST. These hours arent really the best, but they are the only times offered for live support.
If you have an urgent issue that cannot wait, you can also try consulting the web site, pepcidac.com. Here, you can find product information and answers to some simpler questions. You can also send a question via e-mail, but dont expect an immediate answer. If you send the message in the evening hours or on a weekend, you will have to wait until the next working day to get an answer.
Pepcid AC is my first line of defense against acid indigestion and heartburn. I often get stomach pains when I overeat, due to my mild case of acid reflux disease. Even when I dont have very much to eat, I can often feel the heartburn building up. And when this happens, Pepcid products are the ones I reach for more than any other non- prescription antacid.
With Pepcid AC Maximum Strength, you get a dose of Famotidine (the acid reducing agent) that is twice as strong as regular Pepcid AC. With the force of 20 mg of this acid- reducing agent, Pepcid AC Maximum Strength gets to the core of the problem quickly and relieves symptoms fast, often within minutes and sometimes even faster. I have taken these pills when a bad case of heartburn has struck and I can often feel a difference in 30 seconds to one minute after swallowing one tablet. The pill has already started to take effect, working to eliminate the excessive acid and relieve the associated pain. And when acid reflux hits (usually during the night), a Pepcid AC Maximum Strength tablet is just what the doctor ordered. It doesnt relieve the symptoms of acid reflux instantly, but it goes to work right away, eliminating enough of the misery to get back to sleep in about 10 to 20 minutes.
These pills are very easy to take. They are very small, measuring only a few millimeters across. With such a small size, many people can take them without a glass of water. Gelcaps and chewable tablets are also available, but with the pills being so tiny and easy to take, I really dont think it makes any difference.
Another factor that makes these pills very convenient is the packaging. Instead of a bunch of small pills in a plastic container with a screw- on lid, Pepcid AC Maximum Strength are packaged in separate squares, with a plastic cover on one side and a piece of foil on the other. This makes it easy to take a few pills along with you, when you are worried about overeating and the stomach pain that lies ahead of you. All you do is just break off one or two of the plastic squares and put them in your pocket. When the time comes to take the pill, you just push the pill on the plastic side, through the foil on the opposite side. Be careful, though- the foil is very thin and the pill will pop through with minimal effort. Push too hard, and your pill will pop out and land on the floor.
Pepcid AC Maximum Strength is sold in 5- packs, 25- packs, and 50- packs. Prices for the three sizes are about. $4, $10, and $18 respectively. This works out to 80 cents per pill for the smallest size; 40 cents per pill for the middle size, and 36 cents per pill for the largest size. As you can see from examining these numbers, the larger size is (as expected) the most economical. But it isnt a whole lot better than the medium size which is probably why I usually purchase the 25- pack when I buy this product. However, the smallest size (the 5- pack) is a total rip- off and should be avoided. It costs at least twice as much per pill as the other sizes and it offers such a small number of pills that it isnt likely to last many people more than one or two weeks.
Another thing important to mention about the prices is that they are almost the same as the price of regular Pepcid AC. Each product offers the same three quantity options (5, 25, and 50). But Pepcid AC Maximum Strength is only about 50 cents to one dollar more expensive for each of the size levels than regular Pepcid AC. Because of this fact, I typically purchase Maximum Strength. With double the level of acid- fighting ingredients in each tablet, it doesnt make much sense anymore to bother with the regular strength version with the prices being so similar.
Pepcid AC warns certain individuals to avoid this product. If you are allergic to Famotidine or acid reducers in general; have kidney disease; or have trouble swallowing, then you should not consume this medicine. Further, the folks at Pepcid AC advise pregnant or breast- feeding women to consult their doctor before they take this medicine and they also encourage users to seek professional advice from a physician if stomach pain continues or if you have taken the product for 14 days with no positive results.
Pepcid AC Maximum Strength tablets are among my first choices in antacid products. They are twice as powerful as regular Pepcid AC and they can help to eliminate a bad case of heartburn, acid indigestion, or sour stomach within minutes after consuming one small pill. They cost more than Tums, Rolaids, and other calcium carbonate chewable tablets, but they are superior to any of these products, reducing a large amount of acid quickly so you can get on with your day. They are worth the extra price you pay for the excellent relief you get from each small pill.