What should I know about Zegerid before taking it?

Zegerid may change how your body absorbs or gets rid of other drugs. Talk to your doctor about all medications you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-count medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, before starting Zegerid. Zegerid may interact with ampicillin, atazanavir, clarithromycin, clopidogrel, cyclosporine, diazepam, disulfiram, iron supplements, ketoconazole, phenytoin, tacrolimus, and warfarin.
Zegerid comes in capsules and powder packets that can be absorbed into water. If you take the capsule version, be sure to get the proper dose. Zegerid comes in 20 mg and 40 mg forms, but both forms contain the same amount of sodium bicarbonate. If you are supposed to have the 40 mg dose but take two 20 mg capsules or powder packets instead, you will be getting too much sodium bicarbonate. People on a low-salt diet may not be able to have Zegerid because of the amount of sodium it contains.
If you have metabolic or respiratory alkalosis or low calcium or potassium levels, talk to your doctor before starting Zegerid.
It is unknown whether Zegerid causes harm to unborn babies. Tell your physician if you are pregnant or may become pregnant before starting Zegerid. Do not take Zegerid if you are breastfeeding. 
Zegerid should be taken on an empty stomach. If you are fed through a feeding tube, your feeding tube should be stopped at least three hours before taking Zegerid and not restarted until an hour after taking Zegerid.

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