Compare Dexilant vs. Pepcid

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Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole)

Prescription only

Pepcid (Famotidine)

Prescription or OTC
Treats heartburn and ulcers.

Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) is an effective medicine to treat heartburn and ulcers, but can be expensive.

6.6/ 7 average rating with 73 reviewsforDexilant
Relieves heartburn.

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

5.1/ 7 average rating with 853 reviewsforPepcid
Upsides
  • Relieves heartburn symptoms and heals ulcers better than other stomach medicines, such as Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac.
  • Lasts longer than other similar stomach medicines. Most people take it once a day.
  • Your body won't develop a tolerance to Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole), so it'll work the same way as long as you need to keep taking it.
  • Once heartburn symptoms are treated, a low dose of Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) can be taken daily.
  • 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
  • Taking Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) in high doses or for longer than 1 year can increase the risk for bone fractures, especially if you already have osteoporosis (weak bones).
  • Many drugs can interact with Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole), so talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medicines.
  • There's no generic version available, so it can be expensive.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews
73 
93%
think this treatment is worth it
92%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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853 
75%
think this treatment is worth it
41%
think this treatment works well
8%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Abdominal Pain
    4%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
    2%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Flatulence
    2%
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2possible side effects
  • Headache
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Severe stomach inflammation (atrophic gastritis)

    Helicobacter pylori infection

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Severe diarrhea

    Being hospitalized

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Broken bones

    Osteoporosis

    ...and 5 more risk factors

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  • Increased side effects

    Current kidney disease

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