Compare omeprazole vs. Zantac

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Prilosec (omeprazole)

Prescription or OTC

Zantac 75 (ranitidine)

Prescription or OTC
Treats heartburn and excess release of stomach acid.

Prilosec (omeprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief but has some risks if used long term.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 1167 reviewsforomeprazole
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
  • Prilosec (omeprazole) lasts longer (up to 72 hours) than other classes of acid reducers (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums).
  • Only take once or twice daily.
  • Can take together with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) for quick relief.
  • Generic and over-the-counter options available.
  • Safe to use in children ages 1 or older.
  • 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.
  • Takes up to an hour to start noticing the effects of Prilosec (omeprazole).
  • Prilosec (omeprazole) can interact with other drugs. Let your doctor and pharmacist know what medications you're taking before starting Prilosec (omeprazole).
  • Long-term use of Prilosec (omeprazole) can put you at risk for many health issues such as osteoporosis, low magnesium or vitamin B12 levels, and rebound acid secretion (where your body starts to create more acid than before after stoping Prilosec (omeprazole)).
  • 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
  • Pill
  • Powder
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Oral syrup
  • Injection
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Side effects
11possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Acid regurgitation
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Rash
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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
  • Risk of cancer
  • Lupus
    • History of cutaneous or systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Severe diarrhea associated with C.difficile infection
    • Being hospitalized
    • Antibiotic use
  • Bone fractures
    • Osteoporosis
    • Using high medication doses
    • Long-term therapy (1 year or more)
    • Use of other medications that weaken bones
  • Low Vitamin B12 and Magnesium
    • Taking water pills (Magnesium)
    • Women (Vitamin B12)
    • Over the age of 30 (Vitamin B12)
  • Kidney damage
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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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