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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: Tums is basically just a calcium pill while Pepcid (famotidine) is an acid blocker.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
C MD: Find out what the problem is; could be esophagitis (inflamed foodpipe), stomach or duodennal inflammation or ulcer, or bigger problem. Antacids like ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Both medications are very safe if used for less than two weeks. No interactions. Discuss with your doc if you need it for more than two weeks. And co ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Tums/Pepcid: Pepcid (famotidine) is a histamine h2 receptor antagonist it inhibits stomach acid & is used for ulcers & gerd. Tums is an antacid made of sucrose & c ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: As long as you need both to control your symptoms. However you should consult your doctor if you do require both drugs regularly to control your sympt ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Zantac (ranitidine): Nope, but it will calm your stomach down.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: These can work together to relieve symptoms of stomach acidity, esophageal reflux and gerd. They do not interfere with the action of each other.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Need to see doctor: If you need all these medications, you need to consult a gastroenterologist.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes but ...: I would space them apart by at least 1 hour so take the Pepcid (famotidine) 1st and if necessary, take the liquid antacid one hour later.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Gerd: These medications have differing mechanisms of action and usually it's not necessary to take them together although I don't think it is harmful to do ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
54 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: no problem
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Prilosec should be taken about an hour before eating anything, Pepcid (famotidine) can be taken almost any time. However it may be an overkill to tak ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arold Augustin
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Drug interaction: You certainly can. However, it is possible that, taken too closely, the absorption of Pepcid (famotidine) might be decreased. So, space the dosing int ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Not necessary: These drugs are in the same class and usually are not taken together...
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Dexilant (dexlansoprazole): Both are antacids but belong to different classes. But still you have to discuss with your doctor before taking this together.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 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 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Yes they can.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hashmat Rajput
38 years experience Internal Medicine
You can, if: Usually it is one or the other. However you can use both if you have severe gerd or peptic ulcer disease, because of their different modes of action. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
21 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Yes, but they work: differently and need to be taken during different times of the day. Omeprazole needs to be taken before breakfast, and Zantac (ranitidine) after dinn ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
AA's versus PPI's: Tums (calcium carbonate) is an antacid--it helps neutralize acid that has already been produced, & as such has value in providing immediate relief of ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: But if having to take both you need to see your doctor and probably get a scope (edg).
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes and no: Although both work nearly as well, zantac (ranitidine) may cause diarrhea for some people.

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