Ranitidine tablets or capsules
What do ranitidine tablets or capsules do?
RANITIDINE (Zantac(R)) is a type of antihistamine that blocks the release of stomach acid. Ranitidine is used to treat stomach or intestinal ulcers. It can relieve ulcer pain and discomfort, and the heartburn from acid reflux. Generic ranitidine tablets are available.
What should my health care professional know before I take ranitidine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• frequently drink alcohol-containing beverages
• kidney disease
• liver disease
• other chronic illness
• an unusual or allergic reaction to ranitidine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take ranitidine tablets or capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets or capsules with a drink of water. If you only take ranitidine once a day, take it at bedtime. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with ranitidine?
• alcohol containing beverages
• iron supplements
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking ranitidine?
Side effects with ranitidine are infrequent but include:
• agitation, nervousness, hallucinations
• constipation or diarrhea
• dark yellow or brown urine
• nausea, vomiting
• redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
• skin rash, itching
• sore throat, fever
• stomach pain
• unusual weakness or tiredness
• unusual bleeding or bruising
• yellowing of the skin or eyes
Let your prescriber or health care professional know if you get any of these side effects or any other unusual symptoms.