Compare Omeprazole vs. Pepcid

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

Prilosec
(omeprazole)

Pepcid
(famotidine)

Treats heartburn and stomach ulcers. Prilosec (Omeprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief. Choose the cheapest proton pump inhibitor because they all work equally well for heartburn.Relieves heartburn. Pepcid (Famotidine) works well for heartburn but may not last as long or start working as quickly as other antacids.
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5.53Omeprazole
Reviews for Omeprazole
80%
of people (All ages) say Omeprazole is worth it
59%
say it works well
8%
say it's a big hassle
1167 reviews
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Reviews for Pepcid
75%
+5% better vs. Omeprazole
41%
+18% better vs. Omeprazole
8%
Same vs. Omeprazole
853 reviews
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Side effects
OmeprazolePepcid
  • Upper respiratory infection 75%
  • Fever 33%
  • Headache 7%
  • Abdominal pain 5%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Diarrhea 4%
  • Accidental injuries 4%
  • Flatulence 3%
  • Vomiting 3%
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  • Headache 5%
  • Diarrhea 2%
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How it works
OmeprazolePepcid
Prilosec (Omeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It lowers the amount of acid in your stomach, treats heartburn, and heals ulcers.Pepcid (Famotidine) is a type of antacid called an H2 blocker. It blocks the chemical histamine, which lowers acid production in your stomach. This treats heartburn and helps ulcers heal.
Type of medication
OmeprazolePepcid
Prescription or OTCPrescription or OTC
Available as
OmeprazolePepcid
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
Used for
OmeprazolePepcid
Risk factors for serious side effects
OmeprazolePepcid
  • Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Being hospitalized
  • Antibiotic use
  • Osteoporosis
Detailed Prilosec (omeprazole) risks & warnings »
  • Current kidney disease
Detailed Pepcid (famotidine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Interactions
OmeprazolePepcid
  • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Omeprazole.
  • Can interact with other drugs so be sure your doctor knows all the medicine you're taking before starting Omeprazole.
  • Few drug interactions.
Food
OmeprazolePepcid
  • Take 1 hour before a meal.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
OmeprazolePepcid
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Because Pepcid (Famotidine) is processed by the kidney it can cause some worrisome side effects for people with kidney problems. These include confusion, delirium, and a dangerous irregular heartbeat known as QT prolongation. If you have kidney problems, you may need a different dose to prevent this increased risk for side effects.
  • 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.
Upsides and benefits
OmeprazolePepcid
  • Most people can take Omeprazole without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Omeprazole lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or 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.
  • In studies it was better than a placebo (sugar pill) and as good as other proton pump inhibitors at treating heartburn.
  • Available as both a generic and over-the-counter option, so it's pretty affordable.
  • 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 and risks
OmeprazolePepcid
  • Doesn't start working as fast as some other antacids like Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox.
  • Like with other proton pump inhibitors, long-term use can cause weak or broken bones.
  • Can cause low levels of magnesium in the blood. You might need to take a magnesium supplement if you use Omeprazole long-term.
  • Although the generic is affordable, other medications might still be cheaper than Omeprazole.
  • Can interact with other drugs so be sure your doctor knows all the medicine you're taking before starting Omeprazole.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
OmeprazolePepcid
  • Take 1 hour before a meal.
  • Don't chew or crush capsules; swallow them whole.
  • If you have trouble swallowing you can carefully open the capsules and sprinkle the inside pellets onto applesauce. Swallow the applesauce without chewing or crushing the pellets.
  • When using Omeprazole long-term, take a calcium citrate with vitamin D supplement daily to prevent bone loss. Be sure it's calcium citrate because it works the best when using a proton pump inhibitor.
  • Get a blood test for your magnesium level once a year; you may need a magnesium supplement while using Omeprazole.
  • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Omeprazole.
  • Short-term treatment of ulcers and acid reflux.
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