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Ranitidine HCL

Classification: Heartburn
Generic Name: Ranitidine hydrochloride
Typical Brand Names: Zantac

Ranitidine is one of a group of medicines known as H2-receptor antagonists. It acts by blocking histamine receptors which are present on the cells in the stomach lining.

Normally a substance called histamine binds to these receptors. Histamine is a chemical produced throughout the body and has many effects. When histamine binds to H2 receptors on cells in the stomach lining, it causes them to produce acid.

Ranitidine binds to H2 receptors, replacing some of the histamine. As a result, the amount of stomach acid produced by these cells is decreased.

Stomach acid is present as a normal part of the digestive process. If large amounts of stomach acid are produced this can cause the pain in the abdomen commonly known as indigestion. The excess acid may also flow back into the food pipe (oesophagus) causing pain and a burning sensation known as heartburn.

Normally the lining of the stomach and duodenum (an area of the intestine directly after the stomach) have a protective layer which resists acid attack. If this layer is damaged, or large amounts of stomach acid are formed, a peptic ulcer can develop.

Ranitidine decreases the amount of acid in the stomach and duodenum. As a result, ranitidine helps relieve the symptoms of indigestion and aids the healing of ulcers. It is also used to depress acid production in various other conditions.

Product Name Price
Ranitidine HCL 150 mg - 30 Caps $66.00
Ranitidine HCL 300 mg - 30 Caps $68.00
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Ranitidine HCL Directions To Use

Ranitidine bismuth comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken twice a day with or without food. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take ranitidine bismuth exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Ranitidine bismuth must be used for at least 4 weeks to treat your ulcer completely. Continue to take ranitidine bismuth even if you feel well. Do not stop taking ranitidine bismuth without talking to your doctor.

Ranitidine HCL Warnings and Side Effects

If you are breast-feeding, talk to your doctor before taking Ranitidine HCL. Ranitidine HCL is secreted in human milk. Do not stop taking ranitidine without first talking to your doctor.

The possible side effects that may occur during treatment with Ranitidine HCT are: constipation, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, abdominal discomfort/pain, headache.

Ranitidine HCL Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Ranitidine HCL Storage

Store at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C (59°-86°F) in a dry place. Protect from light. Keep out of the reach of children.

Ranitidine HCL Overdose

When overdosage occurs unabsorbed material has to be removed from your gastrointestinal tract. Seek emergency medical attention.

Ranitidine HCL More Information

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking Ranitidine HCL, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Ranitidine HCL Disclaimer

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