Generic Name: Ranitidine hydrochloride
Product Name: Zantac Relief Extra Strength
Short-term treatment and relapse prevention of: –
- ulcers in the stomach and duodenum
- inflammation of the oesophagus caused by reflux
Chem mart Ranitidine is also used to treat a disease called gastrinoma and inflammation of the oesophagus caused by an autoimmune disease called scleroderma.
Ulcers in the stomach and duodenum are caused (or worsened) by too much acid in the stomach. Ranitidine is a drug that blocks acid production by special cells in the stomach. Reducing the acid helps treat the symptoms of ulcers and reflux, and also helps the ulcers to heal. Ranitidine is helpful in preventing these problems from coming back as well.
Acute gastric/duodenal ulcer – 300mg at bedtime or 150mg twice daily (morning and bedtime) for 4 weeks.
(for one year) Duodenal ulcer: – 150mg at bedtime (300mg for smokers)
Gastric ulcer: – 150mg at bedtime
Gastrinoma: – 150mg three times daily, increasing to 600-900mg daily if necessary
Oesophagitis: – 300mg at bedtime or 150mg twice daily in acute stages – 150mg twice daily for maintenance
Common side effects
- Mild skin rash
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Abdominal discomfort or pain
- Muscle and joint aches
Uncommon side effects
- Increased or decreased heart rate or irregular beats
- Hair loss
- Reduced sex drive or impotence (rare)
Severely ill patients may suffer a number of nervous effects such as:
For further information talk to your doctor.