Compare Carafate vs. Pepcid
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Heals ulcers in the intestines.
Carafate (sucralfate) has few side-effects, but is more expensive than other medicines used to treat ulcers.
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
- Has minimal side effects compared to other medicines used to treat ulcers.
- Available in liquid formulation if you have difficulty swallowing pill.
- 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.
- Not for long-term use.
- Must be taken frequently, up to 4 times a day, which can be inconvenient.
- Interferes with how a lot of other medicines are absorbed.
- 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.
- Chewable tablet
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The Carafate (sucralfate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
2possible side effects
Risks and risk factors
- Increased blood sugar
- Decreased kidney function
- Hiding possible cancer
- Increased side effects
- Current kidney disease
- Allergic reaction