Compare Dexilant vs. Zantac

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

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Zantac 75 (ranitidine)

Prescription or OTC
Treats heartburn.

Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) is an effective medicine to treat heartburn, but can be expensive since it is only available as a brand.

4.7/ 5 average rating with 73 reviewsforDexilant
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
  • Relieves heartburn symptoms better than other stomach medicines (like Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac).
  • Lasts longer than other alternative stomach medicines.
  • Convenient once daily dosing.
  • Treats GERD in children 12 to 17 years of age.
  • Can be swallowed whole, or contents of the pill can be emptied into applesauce for easy swallowing.
  • 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
  • Similar to other proton pump inhibitors, Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) can weaken bones when taken for a long period of time.
  • Can take a few days before you start to feel the full effects.
  • Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) can affect how other medicines, vitamins, and minerals get absorbed in your body.
  • There's no generic version available, so it can be expensive.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Delayed-release pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Oral syrup
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
73 reviews so far
93%
saidit'sworth it
92%
saiditworked well
14%
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
6possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Abdominal pain
    4%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Upper airway infection
    3%
  • Gas
    3%
  • Vomiting
    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
  • Possible stomach cancer
  • Kidney inflammation
  • Severe diarrhea
    • Being hospitalized
    • Antibiotic use
  • Bone fractures
    • High dose Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
    • Long-term treatment with Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) (more than 1 year)
    • Low bone mineral density
    • Aged 50 years or older
    • Alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Taking steroids or seizure medicines
  • Low magnesium and vitamin B12 levels
    • Taking digoxin or diuretics
  • Lupus
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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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