A lot of people want to know if it's possible to cure bad breath with Zantac. Each month, hundreds of people search the web trying to find out if this is true. Maybe you're one of them. Well, I have some news for you, both good and bad.
First of all, let me state unequivocally that bad breath can not be cured. It can be masked. It can be controlled. It can even be eliminated for a time. But it cannot be cured. There simply is no cure for halitosis and bad breath. However, there are treatments so effective that, if used daily and used correctly, will make you feel like you've been cured.
Why then do so many people think it might be possible to cure it with Zantac when if fact bad breath can not be cured? I think you can attribute this belief in part to those in the medical community who still believe that bad breath originates in the stomach. The other part is due to the fact that as a society, we want everything to be fast and easy. If you truly could cure bad breath with Zantac, that would definitely be fast and easy.
Here's what Zantac and similar preparations, i.e., Tagamet, Pepsid, Prilosec, Nexium, and Protonix, really do.
Those who suffer from Acid Reflux Disease or ARD (also known as GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) are faced with another potential source of bad breath. ARD occurs when the ring of muscle tissue which serves as a valve between the stomach and esophagus does not close completely, allowing stomach contents (vomit, essentially) to leak back into the esophagus. The vomit coats the throat where it stagnates, producing foul odors.
Zantac stops the production of acid, allowing the stomach to heal. As ARD is eliminated, the stomach leakage also goes away. Eventually, this source of bad breath, the coating in the throat, also goes away. This results in the appearance that you CAN cure bad breath with this, or with any of the other preparations mentioned above.
ARD is not the only condition which can cause this problem. Any condition which produces chronic vomiting can have the same effect.