Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride)
What is Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) used for?
Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) is a histamine-2 blocker prescribed to treat patients suffering from peptic ulcers, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, or chronic indigestion. The medication operates by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach to prevent these symptoms from occurring. It may also be prescribed in lower doses to treat the same symptoms in patients under the age of eighteen. Your doctor may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride)?
One tablet of Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) is normally prescribed to be taken prior to a meal to prevent indigestion or once daily when treating a chronic condition. Your particular dosage will be determined by your doctor based on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole along with a full glass of water. Never alter the tablets by crushing, splitting, or chewing them as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride)?
Some patients using Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
More serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are sensitive skin, increased bruising, chest pain, trouble breathing, vision problems, abnormal heart rate, severe skin rash, darkened urine, discoloured stools, or jaundice. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience any symptoms that are worrying or intense to make sure the correct response is taken to prevent further complications. This may include lowered doses, reduced frequency of application, or emergency medical attention in serious cases.
Do not begin using Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) if you have a history of blood disorders. Also disclose if you are elderly, allergic to aspartame, sensitive to alcohol, or if you have decreased kidney function as these conditions may cause complications during treatment requiring adjustments to your dosage or frequency of administration.
Strictly use Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.