Ranitidine Hydrochloride Information - Side Effects, Drug Interactions, Conditions
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Ranitidine

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Ranitidine 300mg Tab
Ivax Pharmaceuticals Inc a Division of Teva USA
Pill Identification: LOGO 4358,W 907  |  300
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Ranitidine 15mg/ml Syrup
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Ranitidine 300mg Tab
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: G 51  |  300
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Ranitidine 150mg Tab
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: G 51  |  150
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Ranitidine 150mg Cap
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: GG 614 GG 614 
Overview Information on Ranitidine Hydrochloride
Pharmacist Tip
If you take regular tablets, swallow them whole with a full glass of water.     
Ranitidine is a medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called H2-receptor antagonists.

Ranitidine is used to treat heartburn and acid indigestion. Your doctor may want you to take ranitidine to lower the amount of acid in your stomach. Too much acid in your stomach can cause ulcers and heartburn that comes from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Ranitidine is also given to people whose stomachs make very high levels of acid, such as people with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Ranitidine can be purchased over the counter as lower-strength products such as Zantac® capsules and tablets, as well as a number of store brands and other names. At higher strengths, ranitidine requires a prescription and comes as tablets, capsules, and a liquid form. Prescription-strength ranitidine also comes as the brand names Zantac and Zantac EFFERdose®.

Follow your doctor's instructions as to when and how much ranitidine to take. The right dose of ranitidine for you will depend on the type of stomach condition you have. Your doctor will tell you what dose of ranitidine you should take and when to take it. If you use tobacco or drink alcohol, your doctor may tell you to avoid doing so while taking ranitidine. These increase stomach irritation and can delay the healing in your stomach.

Before taking ranitidine, your doctor will want to know about all your medical conditions. Before taking ranitidine, tell your doctor if you have or have had liver, kidney, or lung disease; diabetes; or a condition called porphyria. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), you should be aware that some brands of ranitidine tablets may contain phenylalanine. Also mention if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or plan to become pregnant while taking ranitidine.

Before you start taking ranitidine, make an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take and give it to your doctor. Include over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins, and supplements. Before taking ranitidine, tell your doctor if you are or have been taking aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Your doctor will want to make sure that all your medicines are safe to take together.If you have been taking ranitidine over the counter and continue to have heartburn symptoms for a few months or longer, you may have a more severe stomach problem and need to talk with your doctor. Also, if you have problems swallowing food or see blood in your stools or vomit, contact your doctor right away. Your doctor will make sure that the dose of ranitidine is right to treat your condition.

Ranitidine may cause side effects. Some of the more common side effects of ranitidine include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
Some people are allergic to ranitidine. While taking ranitidine, if you have any of signs of an allergic reaction, including itching; hives; swelling or tingling in the face, lips, mouth, hands, or throat; trouble breathing; or chest pain or tightness, get emergency help right away.

More serious side effects of ranitidine may require immediate medical care. Seek help right away for:
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat
  • Severe skin reaction, such as red rash, blistering, or peeling
  • Pain when urinating or passing blood in the urine
  • Severe stomach pain
These are not complete lists of all possible ranitidine side effects. Tell your doctor about any symptoms you notice while taking ranitidine. If any side effect becomes severe or worries you while taking ranitidine, contact your doctor.

Heartburn and heart attack symptoms are often confused. Heartburn-like sensations that cause you to have trouble breathing, sweat, feel light-headed or dizzy, or have chest pain that spreads to your arms or shoulders could be signs of a heart attack. Get emergency help right away.

Store ranitidine in a closed container. Keep ranitidine away from direct light, heat, or moisture.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Ranitidine is a medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called H2-receptor antagonists.

Ranitidine is used to treat heartburn and acid indigestion. Your doctor may want you to take ranitidine to lower the amount of acid in your stomach. Too much acid in your stomach can cause ulcers and heartburn that comes from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Ranitidine is also given to people whose stomachs make very high levels of acid, such as people with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Ranitidine can be purchased over the counter as lower-strength products such as Zantac® capsules and tablets, as well as a number of store brands and other names. At higher strengths, ranitidine requires a prescription and comes as tablets, capsules, and a liquid form. Prescription-strength ranitidine also comes as the brand names Zantac and Zantac EFFERdose®.

Follow your doctor's instructions as to when and how much ranitidine to take. The right dose of ranitidine for you will depend on the type of stomach condition you have. Your doctor will tell you what dose of ranitidine you should take and when to take it. If you use tobacco or drink alcohol, your doctor may tell you to avoid doing so while taking ranitidine. These increase stomach irritation and can delay the healing in your stomach.

Before taking ranitidine, your doctor will want to know about all your medical conditions. Before taking ranitidine, tell your doctor if you have or have had liver, kidney, or lung disease; diabetes; or a condition called porphyria. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), you should be aware that some brands of ranitidine tablets may contain phenylalanine. Also mention if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or plan to become pregnant while taking ranitidine.

Before you start taking ranitidine, make an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take and give it to your doctor. Include over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins, and supplements. Before taking ranitidine, tell your doctor if you are or have been taking aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Your doctor will want to make sure that all your medicines are safe to take together.If you have been taking ranitidine over the counter and continue to have heartburn symptoms for a few months or longer, you may have a more severe stomach problem and need to talk with your doctor. Also, if you have problems swallowing food or see blood in your stools or vomit, contact your doctor right away. Your doctor will make sure that the dose of ranitidine is right to treat your condition.

Ranitidine may cause side effects. Some of the more common side effects of ranitidine include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
Some people are allergic to ranitidine. While taking ranitidine, if you have any of signs of an allergic reaction, including itching; hives; swelling or tingling in the face, lips, mouth, hands, or throat; trouble breathing; or chest pain or tightness, get emergency help right away.

More serious side effects of ranitidine may require immediate medical care. Seek help right away for:
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat
  • Severe skin reaction, such as red rash, blistering, or peeling
  • Pain when urinating or passing blood in the urine
  • Severe stomach pain
These are not complete lists of all possible ranitidine side effects. Tell your doctor about any symptoms you notice while taking ranitidine. If any side effect becomes severe or worries you while taking ranitidine, contact your doctor.

Heartburn and heart attack symptoms are often confused. Heartburn-like sensations that cause you to have trouble breathing, sweat, feel light-headed or dizzy, or have chest pain that spreads to your arms or shoulders could be signs of a heart attack. Get emergency help right away.

Store ranitidine in a closed container. Keep ranitidine away from direct light, heat, or moisture.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Ranitidine Hydrochloride
Usage by Age
25.75%
under20_base
9.2%
20to40_base
26.89%
40to60_base
38.16%
over60_base
Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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59.09%
female_fill_graph
male_fill_graph
40.91%
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