Compare Carafate vs. Pepcid

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Relieves heartburn.

Pepcid (Famotidine) works well for heartburn but may not last as long or start working as quickly as other antacids.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 853 reviewsforPepcid
Upsides
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  • Most people can take Famotidine without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Famotidine lasts longer than many other antacids like Maalox and Tums, and you only need to take it once or twice a day.
  • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
  • Available as both a generic and over-the-counter option, so it's pretty affordable.
  • Few drug interactions.
Downsides
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  • Other antacids like Maalox, Tums, or Rolaids often start to work more quickly than Famotidine.
  • Medication like omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) works better at healing and preventing stomach ulcers than medication like Famotidine (H2 blockers).
  • Can cause more serious side effects for people with kidney disease. Ask your doctor to give you a lower dose or choose a different option.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews
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853 reviews so far
75%
saidit'sworth it
41%
saiditworked well
8%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Carafate (Sucralfate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
2possible side effects
  • Headache
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
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  • Hiding possible cancer
  • Increased side effects
    • Current kidney disease
  • Allergic reaction
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