What is Ranitidine used for?
Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers in the stomach. It belongs to a group of drugs called histamine-2 blockers. By blocking the action of histamine on stomach cells, Ranitidine reduces stomach acid production and thus prevents heartburn and stomach pain. This medicine is also used to treat Zollinger–Ellison syndrome and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Ranitidine?
The dosage of Ranitidine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Ranitidine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Ranitidine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Ranitidine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Ranitidine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Ranitidine?
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Ranitidine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Ranitidine can interact with antacids.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Ranitidine?
Like other medicines, Ranitidine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Ranitidine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Ranitidine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Ranitidine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Ranitidine can cause side effects such as headache, drowsiness, insomnia, impotence, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Ranitidine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Ranitidine?
Is it possible for me to take Ranitidine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Ranitidine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Ranitidine?
How will Ranitidine work in my body?
How should Ranitidine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Ranitidine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Ranitidine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.