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Pepcid vs zantac

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
About the same: They both are about the same although Pepcid (famotidine) ac also has an antacid in it.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Yes and no: Although both work nearly as well, zantac (ranitidine) may cause diarrhea for some people.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Yes: But if your symptoms are severe enough, it would be a good idea to consult a gastroenterologist. Both drugs do the same thing in suppressing acid an... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Not necessary: These drugs are in the same class and usually are not taken together...
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Tichenor
Emergency Medicine 33 years experience
Same: There are no major differences between those two medicines. Both are about equally effective. If you take other medicines you should check with a ph... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
No: These are very similar meds. Pick one but there is no reason to take both of them.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Clear
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Equivalent: ranitidine (Zantac) and famotidine (Pepcid) work very well for mild to moderate reflux and can be taken for up to 6 weeks before either starts to lose... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Malini Shah
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 33 years experience
GERD: It is fine on occasional basis. Zantac is first generation and Pepcid is second generation. There is no drug interaction between two. Even third gener... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possibly: There's not much reason to take both together, but you can. If you have severe acid reflux can try otc prevacid, is much stronger. Zantac (ranitidine)... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Yes but...: Both medications are safe to take during pregnancy and there are no drug interactions. However, they are essentially the same so there's no reason to ... Read More
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