Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride)
What is Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) used for?
Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) is a histamine 2 blocker, which reduces acid production in the stomach. It is normally prescribed to patients suffering from conditions related to excess stomach acid production, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Other conditions it treats include ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition caused by the backward flow of stomach acid. Other related conditions may also be treated by this drug, such as preventing acid indigestion.
How should I use Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride)?
Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) may sometimes be taken once per day, just before going to bed. However, the dosage can vary, depending on the patient's medical history. Other patients may be told to take it 1 to 2 times per day. Your physician will tell you the dose required to treat your condition. Patients taking this drug to prevent acid indigestion may be told to take it 30 to 60 minutes prior to eating food that causes symptoms.
What are the side effects of Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride)?
Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) may cause some side effects, such as:
If you notice any other side effects while you are taking this medication, you should immediately consult your physician.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.