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What is the difference between Zantac and Pepcid?

Asked by Jasmijn , Last updated: Nov 15, 2020

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Barry Mclean

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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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