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What is the difference between Zantac and Pepcid?

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G. Woods

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Answered Dec 22, 2020

Pepcid is something that will work well for heartburn but the main difference between this with the other antacids that you will use is that it may not work as quickly. This may also not last very long especially when you would compare it with other antacids.

Zantac is another medication that you may want to use when you want to relieve some heartburn symptoms. This is sometimes used with another antacid if you would like to have an effect that is quick, you can take this with an antacid. They are also different in terms of their actual names. Pepcid is also known as Famotidine while Zantac is also known as Ranitidine.

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Answered Dec 21, 2020

Gastic ulcers can be painful to experience and cause complications to a person's health. Thankfully, there are medications on the market that can be used to treat this condition. Those drugs are Pepcid and Zantac.

Though they both can be used to treat the same type of complications related to the digestive system, these drugs differ in how they act. Pepcid works like an antihistamine. By doing so, it reduces the amount of acid and irritation that is produced.

Zantac differs, as it works by blocking the acidic and histamine receptors that may appear in the stomach. Pepcid is medically accepted, while the FDA recalled Zantac in 2020.

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Answered Dec 15, 2020

Zantac and Pepcid are two types of drugs known as antihistamines or histamine 2 blockers. They help to suppress the symptoms of hyperacidity in patients. Although they are both gastric relieving drugs, there are still some differences between the two. Zantac and Pepcid have different generic names. The generic name of Zantac is Ranitidine, whereas Pepcid has Famotidine as its generic name.

Pepcid and Zantac work by reducing the rate of production of gastric acid in the stomach. While they are somehow similar in terms of functions, they are indicated for different kinds of conditions. For instance, Pepcid is indicated for those with heartburn.

On the contrary, Zantac is a better medication for people with GERD, ulcer, and other related conditions. Another difference is that the two drugs are products of two different companies. The company that produces Zantac is Boehringer Ingelheim, whereas Pepcid is one of the products of Johnson & Johnson and Merck.

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Answered Aug 04, 2020

Pepcid and Zantac are brand name drugs that are used in the treatment of duodenal and gastric ulcers, among other digestive complications. Pepcid is medically cleared to treat health complications like GERD, stomach ulcers, esophagitis, and other digestive conditions.

It acts as an antihistamine to minimize the production of acid and curtail irritation. Pepcid has the capacity to react with other drugs such as atazanavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, or aspirin or other NSAIDs nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

Zantac is also referred to by its collective name, ranitidine. It works by acting as a blockage for acidic end results in the stomach by blocking histamine receptors. Zantac can also be effectively used to treat GERD, stomach ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and other digestive complications.

Also worthy of note is that Zantac also has the ability to react with other medications such as triazolam, procainamide, triazolam, midazolam, glipizide, delavirdine, and gefitinib. Zantac was recalled by the FDA in April 2020.

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Answered Jul 21, 2020

Both Zantac and Pepcid belong to a group of drugs known as histamine two blockers. While both are similar in that they help to reduce the production of gastric acid in the stomach, there are still some differences between the two. One of the major differences between the two drugs is that Zantac is a trading name for a drug known as Ranitidine, while Pepcid is a trading name for a drug known as Famotidine.

While Pepcid is indicated mostly for people having heartburn, Zantac is indicated for people with conditions like GERD, ulcer, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Before taking Pepcid, it is important that you clearly differentiate between heart attack and heartburn because both may have similar symptoms.

This means you will not get any relief if you have a heart attack, and you are mistaken for heartburn. The two drugs are from two different companies; Pepcid is one of the products of Johnson & Johnson and Merck, Zantac comes from Boehringer Ingelheim.

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