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Zantac 150 vs Pepcid Ac, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 66

This is personalized comparison of Zantac 150 vs Pepcid Ac for a male aged 66. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

On Jan, 23, 2014: 8,394 people are studied in Zantac 150 vs Pepcid Ac

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male61Ulcer

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Zantac 150 ranitidine hydrochlorideGlaxosmithkline
Pepcid Ac famotidineMerck

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 61 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zantac 150 (Glaxosmithkline)Pepcid Ac (Merck)
Pyrexia (fever)Pyrexia (fever)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Platelet Count Decreased
Chest PainHypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Haemoglobin Decreased
Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)
Asthenia (weakness)White Blood Cell Count Decreased
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Chest Pain
DizzinessDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zantac 150 (Glaxosmithkline)Pepcid Ac (Merck)
Interstitial Lung DiseaseMalaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (sudden failure of the respiratory (breathing) system)Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased
DizzinessAlanine Aminotransferase Increased
Testicular Atrophy (wasting of testes)Pancytopenia (medical condition in which there is a reduction in the number of red and white blood cells, as well as platelets)
Dystonia (abnormal muscle tone)Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
Atrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)Difficulty In Walking
AspirationGamma-glutamyltransferase Increased
Hyperlipidaemia (presence of excess lipids in the blood)Pyrexia (fever)
Respiratory Failure (inadequate gas exchange by the respiratory system)Blood Urea Increased
Influenza Like IllnessNasopharyngitis (inflammation of the nasopharynx)

For people in general (regardless of gender or age):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zantac 150 (Glaxosmithkline)Pepcid Ac (Merck)
Pyrexia (fever)Pyrexia (fever)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Platelet Count Decreased
Chest PainHypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Haemoglobin Decreased
Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)
Asthenia (weakness)White Blood Cell Count Decreased
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Chest Pain
DizzinessAspartate Aminotransferase Increased
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zantac 150 (Glaxosmithkline)Pepcid Ac (Merck)
Interstitial Lung DiseaseMalaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)
DizzinessAspartate Aminotransferase Increased
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (sudden failure of the respiratory (breathing) system)Alanine Aminotransferase Increased
Atrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)Pancytopenia (medical condition in which there is a reduction in the number of red and white blood cells, as well as platelets)
Shortness Of BreathRhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
AspirationDifficulty In Walking
Dystonia (abnormal muscle tone)Gamma-glutamyltransferase Increased
Influenza Like IllnessPyrexia (fever)
Testicular Atrophy (wasting of testes)Blood Urea Increased
Respiratory Failure (inadequate gas exchange by the respiratory system)Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the nasopharynx)

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Related topic: Pepcid Ac, Ulcer, Zantac 150

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On eHealthMe, Zantac 150 (ranitidine hydrochloride) is often used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Pepcid Ac (famotidine) is often used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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