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Friday, July 25, 2008 claire kee, Community Member, asks

Q: IS it safe to take Zantac 150mg 2xday every day?

Doctors have prescribed Pantoprazole to be taken every day for my chronic heartburn, but I find that Zantac works better, not perfectly, but better, along with a strict diet, ofcourse. but I am worried that although Pantoprazole is fairly safe daily and long term, Zantac may have serious side effects, it warns on the box to be taken only for a month or two. I recently had Candida Albicans in the bowel after taking Pantoprazole for months and months.Which is safer?

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Laura, Editor
7/25/08 5:36pm

claire kee,

 

That's a tough question. There are pluses and minuses to both drugs.

 

Pantoprazole is classified as a proton pump inhibitor. It works by blocking acid production in the stomach. PPI's have been shown to be the most effective medications for treating acid reflux. However, there are associated side effects - such as bacteria overgrowth in the intestine.  However, studies have shown Pantoprazole to be relatively safe is both short term and long term trials. (read more on the drug here.)

 

However, Zantac is an H2 Histamine blocker. This class of drugs also works to block or prevent the production of stomach acid. As you know, there are also associated side effects. (read more about Zantac here.)

 

Certain medications are more effective for different people. You should discuss with your doctor the different options and decide which is right for you, and only take medications as often as your doctor has prescribed.

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qwerty, Community Member
9/17/11 11:40pm

I'm not sure about taking zantac daily but you can ask your doctor about nexium. I have been prescribed pantoprazole as well but it doesn't work for me and zantac works a lot better. I find that nexium also works for me; it's a prescription drug like pantoprazole.

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