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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 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 female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Absolutely.: If you have persistent heartburn despite taking Pepcid, (famotidine) it is perfectly acceptable to use Tums as needed in addition. In fact, it is good ... 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 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
The answer...: ....To what will help with a distended abdomen depends entirely on the cause of the distention. Probiotics are helpful with a lot of digestive issues ... Read More
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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 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.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
Maalox or mylanta: may work faster than rolaids or tums, (calcium carbonate)but other that little difference
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: It is an acid blocker but not an antacid.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
They do different : Things. Both can be effective. Both have side effects. Consult your doc.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Prevacid (lansoprazole): Prevacid is the branded equivalent of lansoprazole, an oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor (ppi) class of drugs. This is different fr ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No it is PPI: It is proton pump inhibiter, it cuts down the production of stomach acid by shutting down the gastric acid pump, thereby reducing the amount of acid i ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Valery Uhl
35 years experience Radiation Oncology
Many work: The one that works for you. Try each of these and see which one works well for you. Some folks prefer tablets like Tums (calcium carbonate) and rola ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
21 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
No: But there are antacids that you should wean off to prevent rebound GERD.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
34 years experience Family Medicine
Pepcid (famotidine) long term: short answer - yes but my concern is given you age - why are you requiring either a proton pump inhibitor (prilosec) or an H2 blocker (pepcid) on a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jyoti Ramakrishna
35 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Possibly.: Pepcid (famotidine) is better for short term effect, quick relief. Prilosec is better at suppressing acid production if taken daily for a week or long ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dennis Ruditser
8 years experience Internal Medicine
Not at all: No they are all, as you said PPI's and appear to provide similar relief. Some are more expensive than others and drug companies would like you to bel ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Personal decision: Carafate is brand of sucralfate which works by coating stomach lining. It is fda approved only for duodenal ulcers. Axid (nizatidine) is brand of h2 r ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Zantac (ranitidine) and GERD: Hi yes, if it works. But, please do not continue using this drug if your symptoms persist or worsen. The goal is to be wise about diet and exerc ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience Pharmacology
PPI Choices: Nexium, dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) protonix, prilosec, Omeprazole are all in the family called proton pump inhibitors or ppis. In theory, all of the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Acid reducer: Histamine 2 receptor blocker, which decreases production of stomach acid. This allows for healing of inflammation in duodenum, as stomach, and esopha. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Not worth mention: Marketing ploy.
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