What is Ranitidine?
Ranitidine is a histamine-2 blocker drug and belongs to a family of drugs called histamine-2 blockers. This acid reducer drug functions by lowering the natural production of acid in the stomach. Ranitidine is available as various brands across the globe, some of which are Zantac and Aciloc (made by Candila).
Ranitidine is an acid reducer which is used to primarily treat and prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers. It is also used to treat conditions characterized by excessive acid production in the stomach like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Ranitidine may be given in people who have gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD and other conditions in which the stomach acid flows into the esophagus and causes heartburn. Ranitidine may also be used for conditions not mentioned here.
Important Information about Ranitidine
Avoid Ranitidine acid reducer medication (Zantac, Aciloc) if you are allergic to Ranitidine or its other ingredients. Consult your doctor and ask him first if it safe for you to take this medication if you have kidney, liver disease, porphyria.
Ranitidine usage may lead to pneumonia, symptoms of which are chest pain, fever, shortness of breath, and green or yellow mucus in cough. Discuss about this with your doctor for your specific individual risk.
Initial symptoms of heart attack are often misunderstood as heartburn. Get immediate and urgent medical attention if you have chest pain with pain advancing to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Ranitidine as it can elevate the risk of damage to your stomach. It can take up to 8 weeks of using this medication before your ulcer heals. To get the maximum benefits out of Ranitidine, take is regularly as prescribed without missing a single dose. Notify your doctor if your conditions and symptoms of ulcer or acidic conditions do not alleviate after about 6 weeks of treatment.
Before taking Ranitidine
Before taking Ranitidine acid reducing medication (Zantac, Aciloc), take care of all precautions mentioned above and discuss them with your doctor.
Ranitidine is a FDA category B drug which means it is not expected to harm an unborn baby if taken while being pregnant. Women should inform their doctor if they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Ranitidine can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Donâ€™t take this medication without your doctorâ€™s advice if you are breast feeding.
How do I take Ranitidine?
Take Ranitidine (Zantac, Aciloc) strictly according to your doctorâ€™s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take Ranitidine after the prescribed period is over.
Ranitidine acid reducer medication is taken usually by mouth 1 to 4 times per day depending on the condition. Your doctor will fix the dosage after properly examining you. Stick to it strictly. Ranitidine may also be given intravenously or intramuscularly by a doctor or healthcare professional in some cases.
Make it a habit to take the medication at the same time every day or according to your doctor. Store Ranitidine acid reducing medication in a cool and dry place.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Ranitidine (Zantac, Aciloc), take it as soon as you remember. Donâ€™t take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.
What if I overdose?
In case of an overdose of Ranitidine, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immdiately. Overdose may lead to light headedness, lack of coordination, or fainting.
Things and Activities to avoid while taking Ranitidine
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Ranitidine as it can elevate the risk of damage to your stomach.
Side Effects of Ranitidine
Many people don not show any side effects due to Ranitidine (Zantac, Aciloc) usage but that may not be the case with you. Some common and less severe side effects of Ranitidine acid reducing medication are headache, dizziness, and diarrhea. If any of these side effects persist for a long time and deteriorate, notify your doctor right away and stop using this medication.
Stop using Ranitidine immediately and seek urgent medical attention if you get any of these serious allergic reactions or side effects: rash, itching, swelling on face, lips, tongue, hives, breathing trouble, kidney problems (leading to back pain, fever, painful and bloody urination), severe stomach pain, or slow or irregular heartbeat.
These are not the only side effects of Ranitidine. There may be others. Contact your doctor right away if you experience any serious side effects or if your condition worsens after taking Ranitidine.
Ranitidine Dosing Information
Ranitidine dosage will be fixed by your doctor after examining you properly. Dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Stick to your doctorâ€™s prescription strictly.
Interaction with other drugs
Certain medications can interact with Ranitidine (Zantac, Aciloc), especially triazolam, NSAIDs, lidocaine, propranolol, procainamide, warfarin, phenytoin, theophylline, glipizide, atazanavir, gefitinib, or ketoconozole. The drugs mentioned thus are not all the possible drugs which can interact with Ranitidine. There may be others as well. Share the list of all type of medications and related products which you are using with your doctor and never start a new medication without his or her advice.
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