Compare Zantac vs. Carafate
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Zantac 75 (ranitidine) is an effective and inexpensive medicine for hearburn with few side effects, but may interfere with other drugs.
Carafate (sucralfate) has few side-effects, but is more expensive than other medicines used to treat ulcers.
- 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.
- Has minimal side effects compared to other medicines used to treat ulcers.
- Available in liquid formulation if you have difficulty swallowing pill.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oral solution
- Oral syrup
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- Aged 60 years or older
- Kidney conditions
- Liver conditions
- Drug interactions
- Acute porphyria
- Acute Porphyria
- Chronic lung problems
- Lung problems
- Increased blood sugar
- Decreased kidney function