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Difference Between Zantac and Prevacid

Zantac vs Prevacid

Too much acidity of the stomach bothers a lot of people in the long run. Sometimes, it is already a disorder and not just plain hyperacidity. In such cases, one should consult a physician called a gastroenterologist for him or her to decide which diagnostic procedure to use in order to see inside the stomach.

Once determined, doctors would prescribe drugs that are helpful in reducing the hypersecretions of acid in the stomach. Two choices are Zantac and Prevacid. Let us try to discriminate between each drug.

Lansoprazole is the generic name of Prevacid while Ranitidine is the generic name of Zantac. Prevacid is under PPIs or proton pump inhibitors while Zantac belongs to the histamine 2 blockers. Both Prevacid and Ranitidine decrease the secretion of gastric acid inside the stomach, therefore preventing the symptoms of heartburn, GERD, ulcers, etc.

Zantac is usually prescribed for people who have ulcers, GERD, and in cases of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Prevacid, on the other hand, prevents ulcers both in the stomach and intestines. It is also used for esophagitis or inflammation of the esophagus brought about by the acid flowing back into the esophagus. Prevacid is not indicated for the use requiring fast relief of heartburn.

In taking Prevacid, keep in mind that it is only taken once a day up to 14 days. For the full effect to take place, wait at least for four days. This drug should be prescribed and not taken as an OTC drug. Additionally, do not take this drug if one is having pain in swallowing, nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, heartburn, chest pain that always occurs, weight loss, electrolyte imbalance, and a lot more.

With Zantac, the heart is not affected but the lungs in which there is an increased risk of developing pneumonia. One should report any symptoms of having a low-grade fever, shortness of breath, weight loss, difficulty in breathing, and sputum that is green or yellow in color.

Zantac is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim while Prevacid is manufactured by Novartis. Zantac was manufactured in 1981 while Prevacid was approved in the U.S. during 1995.

Summary:

1. Lansoprazole is the generic name of Prevacid while Ranitidine is the generic name of Zantac.
2. Prevacid is under PPIs or proton pump inhibitors while Zantac belong to histamine 2 blockers.
3. Zantac is usually prescribed for people who have ulcers, GERD, and in cases of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Prevacid, on the other hand, prevents ulcers both in the stomach and intestines.
4. Zantac is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim while Prevacid is manufactured by Novartis.
5. Zantac came first then Prevacid.


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