#MDPrefers: Which is the most frequently prescribed Antacid in your clinical practice?
H2 blockers (Famotidine, Cimetidine) and Proton pump inhibitors (Omeprazole, Pantaprazole, Rabeprazole) are two highly popular and effective categories of medications used to treat conditions such as GERD and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
While they both treat similar problems, they work in different ways. Ranitidine reduces stomach acid production by blocking histamine, a molecule that is needed for acid pumps. Omeprazole, on the other hand, works by directly inhibiting these acid pumps in the stomach.
Regardless of their differences, Famotidine and Omeprazole carry similar side effects such as headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea. Omeprazole may rarely cause more serious adverse conditions such as C. diff infection.
So Doctor, which Antacid is most frequently prescribed by you to the patients?
Cast your vote now! And do write your suggestions in the comment section.