Compare Zegerid vs. Zantac

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Zegerid
(Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate)

Zantac 75
(Ranitidine)

Relieves heartburn, ulcers, and acid tummy. Zegerid (Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief. Choose the cheapest proton pump inhibitor because they all work equally well for heartburn.Relieves heartburn. Zantac 75 (Ranitidine) works well for heartburn but may not last as long or start working as quickly as other antacids.
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5.24Zegerid
Reviews for Zegerid (Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate)
72%
of people (All ages) say Zegerid (Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate) is worth it
55%
say it works well
12%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Zantac 75 (Ranitidine)
72%
Same vs. Zegerid (Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate)
44%
11% vs. Zegerid (Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate)
7%
+5% vs. Zegerid (Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate)
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Side effects
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The Zegerid FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Zantac FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
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Zegerid (Omeprazole / Sodium Bicarbonate) is a type of antacid called a proton pump inhibitor. It blocks the release of acid in your stomach, which treats heartburn and helps ulcers heal.Zantac 75 (Ranitidine) is 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
ZegeridZantac
Acid reducer
Proton pump inhibitor
Antacid
Prescription or OTC
Acid reducer
Histamine blocker
Prescription or OTC
Available as
ZegeridZantac
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
ZegeridZantac
  • Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Being hospitalized
  • Antibiotic use
  • Osteoporosis
Detailed risks & warnings »
  • Current kidney problems
  • Current liver problems
  • Acute Porphyria
  • History of Phenylketonuria (PKU)
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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
ZegeridZantac
  • Can interact with other drugs so be sure your doctor knows all the medicine you're taking before starting Zegerid.
  • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Zegerid.
  • Few drug interactions.
Food
ZegeridZantac
  • Take 1 hour before a meal.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
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No kidneys and liver related info.
  • People with kidney disease may need to take a lower dose.
  • Zantac 75 (Ranitidine) is processed by the kidney and liver. If you have kidney or liver problems, you may need a different dose to prevent this increased risk for side effects.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Most people can take Zegerid without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Zegerid lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once or twice a day.
  • In studies it was better than a placebo (sugar pill) and as good as other proton pump inhibitors at treating heartburn.
  • 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.
  • Most people can take Ranitidine without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Ranitidine lasts longer than many other antacids like Maalox and Tums, and you only need to take it once or twice a day.
  • Few drug interactions.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
ZegeridZantac
  • 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 Zegerid long-term.
  • Although the generic is affordable, other medications might still be cheaper than Zegerid.
  • Can interact with other drugs so be sure your doctor knows all the medicine you're taking before starting Zegerid.
  • Other antacids like Maalox, Tums, or Rolaids often start to work more quickly than Ranitidine.
  • Medication like omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) works better at healing and preventing stomach ulcers than medication like Ranitidine (H2 blockers).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
ZegeridZantac
  • Take 1 hour before a meal.
  • Don't chew or crush capsules; swallow them whole.
  • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Zegerid.
  • If you've been having heartburn for 3 months or more, talk to your doctor before taking Zegerid. Get a check-up to make sure you aren't having a more serious stomach problem.
  • Talk to your doctor if you're still having heartburn after two weeks of use. Don't keep taking Zegerid; get checked-out first.
  • Works best if you take it with a full glass of water.
  • Starts working in one hour.
  • If heartburn doesn't improve or lasts more than 2 weeks, talk to your doctor.
  • People with kidney disease may need to take a lower dose.
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