Compare Pepcid vs. Zantac

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

Pepcid (Famotidine)

Prescription or OTC

Zantac 75 (ranitidine)

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
Relieves heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Zantac 75 (ranitidine) is an effective and inexpensive medicine for hearburn with few side effects, but may interfere with other drugs.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1062 reviewsforZantac
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.
  • Zantac 75 (ranitidine) works well to relieve heartburn symtoms and is quite tolerable.
  • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
  • If you have trouble swallowing pills you may find the liquid product a good option.
  • Inexpensive with over-the-counter and generic options.
  • Coupons are available for the brand product - speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
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.
  • Zantac 75 (ranitidine) doesn't work as quickly as some other acid reducers. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you need quicker relief.
  • Zantac 75 (ranitidine) does not last as long as some other acid reducers. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you need longer relief.
  • May not be as effective in healing the esophagus when it is inflammed or torn, known as erosive esophagitis. Your doctor will assess which medication is best for you.
  • Can lower your vitamin B12 levels if you use Zantac 75 (ranitidine) for a long time. Your doctor can order lab tests to monitor your vitamin B12 levels.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Oral syrup
  • Injection
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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1062 reviews so far
72%
saidit'sworth it
44%
saiditworked well
7%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Headache
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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The Zantac 75 (ranitidine) 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
    • Aged 60 years or older
    • Kidney conditions
    • Liver conditions
  • Drug interactions
  • Acute porphyria
    • Acute Porphyria
  • Chronic lung problems
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    • Lung problems
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