What is Zantac (Ranitidine)?
Zantac generic name is Ranitidine, it belongs to a drug class known as histamine-2 blockers which block acid production in the stomach. It is used in treating digestive and stomach problems and also preventing ulcers in the intestine and stomach. It is also used in the treatment of conditions like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome where the stomach manufactures acid too much. One of the uses of Zantac also includes the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other health situations where acid moves from the stomach back to the esophagus, resulting to heartburn. It is also used in the prevention of aspiration of acid in the stomach during anesthesia, stomach damage that resulted from non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and stress ulcers.
Zantac may increase your chances of having pneumonia, before any lab work tell your laboratory personnel and doctors if you are taking Zantac. Also inform your doctor if you have ever experienced liver disease, phenylketonuria, kidney disease or porphyria.
Use water to dissolve your effervescent Zantac granules. Carefully adhere to your doctor’s prescription and avoid taking it with alcohol because it might increase your stomach damage risk. Zantac is under FDA category B and isn’t expected to harm a developing fetus.
Zantac pregnancy. Tell your health provider if you plan to get pregnant or already pregnant during treatment. There are many drugs equivalent to Zantac since a Zantac generic version has been approved. A lot of fraudulent pharmacies online try to sell an illegal version of generic Zantac. These drugs are fake and potentially not safe for consumption. Make sure you buy from a reputable store when buying online. Some offer cheaper Zantac coupons than others so check well and select the one that suits you best. The Zantac medication could also be used to treat animals like cats and dogs, but ensure you speak to a veterinarian first.
Use this drug as prescribed by the doctor. You should also check the label on the medicine for the right dosing instructions. The Zantac dosage comes in form of syrup, effervescent granules, tablet and effervescent tablets to be taken orally. This drug could be taken without food or with food.
Do not break, chew, or crush the Zantac effervescent tablet, also don’t let it dissolve on your tongue. Use a full glass of water or at least a reasonable quantity of water to dissolve the granules and effervescent tablets before drinking it. Make use of a special dose measuring spoon and not the kitchen spoon to measure the liquid form of Zantac.
For those suffering from ulcers and GERD- The normal dose is the Zantac 150 mg two times a day or 300 mg when about to sleep. The dose for maintenance is normally 150 mg daily.
For those experiencing heartburn the normal dose is a Zantac 75 to 150 mg tablets once or two times in a day taken about 30 to 60 minutes before eating or any beverage that can result to heartburn.
For Zollinger-Ellison syndrome the normal dose can be up to 6 grams daily.
For erosive esophagitis: the ideal dose is Zantac 150 mg, four times daily.
In case of overdose contact your poison control center or doctor. If you missed a dose take it immediately you remember but if it is close to your next dose just skip it. Do not take an extra dose just to make up for a missed one as this can be very dangerous.
Side effects of Zantac
Here are some of the common Zantac side effects. If any of these side effects become severe and don’t go away contact your doctor. They include:
Tender or swollen beast in men
Constipation or diarrhea
Impotence, decreased sex drive
Difficulty having orgasm
Stomach upset, diarrhea
Here are some of the serious side effects of Zantac
Stop taking this drug immediately and call your doctor if you notice any of these Zantac side effects:
Bleeding or easy bruising
Slow or fast heartbeat
Change in the quantity of urine produced
Coughing up yellow or green mucus
Loss of appetite
Here are some drugs that will affect Zantac, they are:
Anticoagulants (blood thinners) like warfarin (Coumadin)
certain HIV protease inhibitors
Also tell him about the herbal products, vitamin or over the counter prescription you are using, stopped using or about to use. Before taking any of these drugs with Zantac ensure it is with your doctor’s permission.