Ranitidine is the medication, classified as a histamine-2 blocker. Promoting severe influence on the organism, the treatment decreases the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Consequently, the medication is commonly prescribed to people who need to prevent or treat the stomach or intestinal ulcers. Besides, it can treat conditions related to abnormal production of stomach acid, especially Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and others. Ranitidine is reported to fight the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease and similar conditions, when the acid backs up into esophagus, provoking heartburn.
Administering the Drug Effectively
Take the medication in accordance with safety recommendations and individual prescription to maximize positive outcomes. The drug should never be taken in higher or lower doses, neither for a prolonged course. Your doctor may advise you to combine Ranitidine with other drugs for a safer effect. Never break, chew or crush pills before swallowing, as it can launch certain unwanted reactions. The whole therapy can take up to several weeks. Sometimes you need to use Ranitidine for over 8 weeks to notice the condition improvement. Contact your medical specialist if the symptoms do not get better after 6 weeks of the medicine intake. The drug can change the results of your medical tests, so make sure your physician is aware of Ranitidine intake.
Safety Considerations: Drug Interactions, Intake Restrictions and Contraindications
Do not start the medication intake without previous doctor’s consultation. Make sure you do not have any restrictions and contraindications before the course. Do not take the drug if you are sensitive to any of its ingredients. Keep in mind that heartburn is frequently confused with the signs of heart attack. Search immediate medical attention in case heartburn is accompanied by pain spreading to other body sites, heavy chest feeling and overall tiredness.
To get a maximally safe and effective dose, your doctor should be aware of all the accompanying and underlying health disorders you have, especially:
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not likely to have any side effect, though it is inevitable to discuss Ranitidine intake with the doctor to eliminate possible risks for the health of an unborn and nursing child.
There are many interactions the drug can get. You should not take it simultaneously with other treatments, unless your doctor advises you to.
Side Effects and Misuse Outcomes
Stop medicine intake and seek emergency medical assistance if you have the signs of allergic reactions or similar dangerous conditions after Ranitidine intake, especially:
Ultimately slow or fast heart rate;
Nausea, constipation, vomiting, diarrhea;
Sore throat, fever;
Jaundice and others.