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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
About the same: They both are about the same although Pepcid (famotidine) ac also has an antacid in it.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
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
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
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
35 years experience Gastroenterology
Not necessary: These drugs are in the same class and usually are not taken together...
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Tichenor
32 years experience Emergency Medicine
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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
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
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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
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Malini Shah
32 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
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
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
10 years experience Family Medicine
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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