PEPCID® COVID-19 Update and Usage Guidelines

We encourage consumers to learn about and follow guidance provided by the World Health Organization


At Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, we are committed to helping individuals and communities around the world manage the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19. Our teams are actively working to maintain production of high-demand consumer health products, including PEPCID® products.

As COVID-19 strains healthcare resources globally, it is more important than ever to help people stay healthy and out of a stressed healthcare system. We are prioritizing the continued production of high-demand products to maintain supply, all while ensuring the highest level of quality and safety.


There have been consumer questions around the effectiveness of PEPCID® to treat or prevent COVID-19. The health and safety of our consumers is paramount. Here are some frequently asked questions with answers from the makers of PEPCID®.

Does PEPCID® treat or prevent COVID-19?

I read news articles about PEPCID® and the treatment of COVID-19. Is it safe to take PEPCID® if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

What if I use more than the daily recommended dose of PEPCID® to treat COVID-19?

What if I took PEPCID® but didn’t have heartburn?

I can’t find PEPCID® online or in-store?

What is famotidine and what is it used for?

How does PEPCID® work?

When should I take PEPCID®?