This medicine contains the active ingredient ranitidine which belongs to a group of medicines known as histamine-2 blockers that help balance the amount of the acid produced. These medicines reduce the production of gastric acid. Ranitidine is prescribed for the treatment of reflux (stomach acid goes into gullet causing heartburn, pain and inflammation), stomach and intestines ulcers, and it is also prescribed to prevent stomach ulcers to form and to bleed.
Is Ranitidine suitable for me?
Ranitidine is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to ranitidine, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are under 16 years
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breast-feeding
- have kidney or liver problems
- have porphyria
- have unintended weight loss associated with acid indigestion
- have persistent stomach pain
- are under regular medical supervision
- are elderly
- have breathing problems
- have a weak immune system
- suffer from diabetes
- have had a stomach ulcer or stomach surgery in the past
- have stomach cancer
- have asthma
Ranitidine interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Ranitidine?
This medicine is available in form of a film-coated tablet.
You should take ranitidine exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your condition and needs.
- The usual dose is one tablet when the symptoms occur, or 1 tablet half an hour to an hour before eating or drinking if you want to prevent symptoms from occurring.
- The maximum dose is 4 tablets per day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Ranitidine side effects?
Like all medicines ranitidine can cause side effects, including:
- confusion, depression
- drowsiness or hallucinations
- headache, dizziness
- sudden, jerky movements
- changes in heart rhythm
- inflammation of blood vessels
- inflammation of your pancreas
- stomach pain, constipation
- inflammation of liver
- hair loss
- blurred vision
- pains in muscles and joints
- sudden inflammation of kidneys
- increase of serum creatinine in the blood
- blood in your urine
- changes in the normal amount of urine
- swollen, tender or leaking breasts
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.