Compare Pepcid vs. Tagamet

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

Pepcid (Famotidine)

Prescription or OTC

Tagamet (cimetidine)

Prescription or OTC
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
Treats heartburn.

Tagamet (cimetidine) works well for heartburn, but may have more side effects than other medicines like it.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 632 reviewsforTagamet
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Lasts longer than other medicines like it so you may not need to take it as frequently.
  • Affordable as an over-the-counter or generic medicine.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Does not work as fast as antacids like Maalox, Tums, or Rolaids.
  • May not work as well if you have an inflammed esophagus. Your doctor will assess which medicine is best for you.
  • May not be the best option if you are elderly or have kidney or liver problems.
  • Can interfere with how other medicines work.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
853 reviews so far
75%
saidit'sworth it
41%
saiditworked well
8%
saidit'sa big hassle

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632 reviews so far
63%
saidit'sworth it
36%
saiditworked well
12%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Headache
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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The Tagamet (cimetidine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Hiding possible cancer
  • Increased side effects
    • Current kidney disease
  • Allergic reaction
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  • Confusion
    • Elderly
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
    • Dementia
  • Drug interactions
  • Chronic lung problems
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    • Lung problems
  • Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea
    • Taking antibiotics
  • Englarged breasts in men (gynecomastia)
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