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Prescribing Information for Zantac (Ranitidine):
What is Zantac (Ranitidine)?
Zantac (Ranitidine) is in a group of drugs called Histamine 2 Blockers or H2 Blockers, simply put. It decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Zantac (Ranitidine) is used to treat erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid), and other conditions involving excess stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.Zantac is also used to treat GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease- a condition in which the acid contents in the stomach backs up into the esophagus and the cardiac sphincter of the heart causing heartburn.
Zantac (Ranitidine) may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is important to know about Zantac (Ranitidine)?
Using this drug can increase your risk of developing Pneumonia. Symptoms of this disease include chest pain, fever, shortness of breath and production of green or yellow mucus. Inform your doctor to know more about specific risks of developing pneumonia.
Never use Zantac (Ranitidine) if you have a known allergy or a history of allergy to Ranitidine.
Also seek for the advice of the doctor or a pharmacist if taking this drug is good for you especially if you have kidney disease, liver disease of porphyria.
Heartburn, a sign of hyperacidity can be mistaken as an early symptom of a heart attack. If such symptom occurs, like chest pain or a heavy and pounding feeling in the chest spreading to the arm, shoulder and jaw, as well as nausea, sweating and general body malaise, seek medical attention immediately.
Zantac (Ranitidine) granules and effervescent tablets needs to be dissolved in water before drinking them. Your physician may also suggest you to use an antacid to help relieve the pain due to acid reflux.
Follow your doctor’s instruction as to how you must use an antacid and when it has to be used. Avoid ingesting alcohol and alcohol based products as it may increase the chances of damaging your gastric lining.
It might take up to around eight weeks of using Zantac before the ulceration heals. For the most desirable results, keep using the drug as directed. Talk with your physician if the symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment using this drug.
How should Zantac (Ranitidine) be taken?
You have to take Zantac (Ranitidine) as prescribed by your physician. Never take this drug in amounts smaller or larger than the amount prescribed. Also take this amount for the entire period set by your doctor for maximum effects. Follow the instruction on the drug label provided to you by your doctor.
You might be prescribed with an Antacid to prevent pain. Follow your doctor’s instruction as to how you must use an antacid and when it has to be used. Avoid ingesting alcohol and alcohol based products as it may increase the chances of damaging your gastric lining.
Never crush, chew or break a Zantac effervescent tablet and do not allow it to dissolve on your tongue. The 25 mg effervescent tablet needs to be dissolved in about 1 teaspoon of water before taking it. The 150 mg tablet on the other hand has to be dissolved in 6-8 ounces (approx one glass) of water.
Zantac (Ranitidine) effervescent tablets should be allowed to completely dissolve in water and the entire mixture should be drunk. If a child is taking this medicine, you may use a medicine dropper to draw the liquid mixture and empty the dropper into the child’s mouth to make sure the entire dose is taken.
The 25 mg effervescent tablet needs to be dissolved in about 1 teaspoon of water before taking it. The 150 mg tablet on the other hand has to be dissolved in 6-8 ounces (approx one glass) of water.
For the liquid form of Zantac you may need a measuring spoon or cup in order to get the accurate dose of drug. Never use an ordinary table spoon to measure a drug. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your doctor or pharmacist for one.
It might take up to around eight weeks of using Zantac (Ranitidine) before the ulceration heals. For the most desirable results, keep using the drug as directed. Talk with your physician if the symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment using this drug.
Taking this drug can result to unusual laboratory findings in certain lab tests so always disclose whatever you are taking to your doctor.
Store Zantac (Ranitidine) at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Side effects of Zantac (Ranitidine)?Refrain from using Zantac (Ranitidine) and get emergency medical help if you experience any of these signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to Zantac such as hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Do not use Zantac and call your physician at once if you are experiencing a serious side effect such as:
- chest pain, fever, feeling short of breath, coughing up green or yellow mucus;
- easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
- fast or slow heart rate;
- problems with your vision;
- fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; or
- nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
- headache (may be severe);
- drowsiness, dizziness;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or
- swollen or tender breasts (in men);
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain; or
- diarrhea or constipation.
This is not a complete list and other drugs which may interact with Zantac (Ranitidine) are available in the market.