Pepcid (Famotidine) works well for heartburn but may not last as long or start working as quickly as other antacids. 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. via
Is Pepcid and Zantac the same thing?
Are Pepcid and Zantac the Same Thing? Pepcid (famotidine) and Zantac (ranitidine hydrochloride) are H2-blockers used to treat and prevent recurrence of stomach and duodenal ulcers. Pepcid is also useful in managing heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. via
Can I use Zantac while pregnant?
Zantac is considered safe to take at any time during pregnancy. OTC drugs do not have pregnancy categories, but prescription Zantac is considered a pregnancy category B drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Category B means that studies have shown Zantac is not harmful to a developing fetus. via
Is Pepcid a good replacement for Zantac?
Drugs that may be used as a safe alternative to Zantac include: Prilosec (omeprazole) Pepcid (famotidine) via
Can I take Pepcid every day?
Is it ok to take Pepcid every day? Pepcid is typically taken on a daily basis for up to six, eight, or 12 weeks at a time. The duration of treatment depends on the condition that is being treated. Talk to your doctor to find out how long you should be taking Pepcid for. via
Is famotidine stronger than ranitidine?
Famotidine, an H2-receptor antagonist with a thiazole nucleus, is approximately 7.5 times more potent than ranitidine and 20 times more potent than cimetidine on an equimolar basis. via
What works better Zantac or Pepcid?
The medications can (and should) be taken on an empty stomach to allow them to work their best. Compared to Pepcid, Zantac has been shown to be more effective at lowering acidity and relieving symptoms associated with heartburn; it also works faster. via
Is famotidine safer than Zantac?
Famotidine and ranitidine are both in the same class of medications, H2 blockers, and work equally well to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and other stomach conditions. Famotidine does not have the same cancer risk as ranitidine, making the new Zantac 360 a safer option. via
How do I wean myself off Pepcid?
Can I take Pepcid while pregnant?
Unless your doctor says otherwise, Pepcid is safe to take during pregnancy. “Pepcid AC is relatively safe to take during pregnancy with no true risks unless you're allergic to this medication,” says Sherry Ross, MD, an OB-GYN and women's health expert at Providence Saint John's Health Center. via
What antacid can I take while pregnant?
During pregnancy, do not use antacids that have sodium bicarbonate (such as baking soda), because they can cause fluid buildup. Do not use antacids that have magnesium trisilicate, because they may not be safe for your baby. It is okay to use antacids that have calcium carbonate (such as Tums). via
What heartburn medicine can you take when pregnant?
For heartburn relief, over-the-counter antacids (such as Tums, Mylanta, Rolaids, and Maalox) are all considered safe medications to use during pregnancy. via
Why was Zantac banned?
Update: On April 1, 2020, the FDA requested manufacturers to withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs (Zantac, others) from the market immediately, due to the presence of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). via
Is ranitidine still banned?
Ranitidine is not currently available in the UK or globally. It has been discontinued as a precaution because it may contain a small amount of an impurity that has been linked to an increased risk of cancer in animals. via
What is equivalent to ranitidine?
There are three PPIs that the FDA lists as alternatives to ranitidine and nizatidine: Esomeprazole (brand name Nexium) Lansoprazole (brand name Prevacid) Omeprazole (brand name Prilosec) via