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How To Stop Taking Ranitidine

How To Stop Taking Ranitidine

Description

Experts recommend going over all your medications (including over-the-counter, or OTC, drugs and dietary supplements) with your primary care physician and specialists annually to determine whether dosages need adjusting or whether you can quit some meds altogether. (Never stop a drug without your doctor’s okay.)If you don’t question your doctor as to why you need some of these medications, you may be on them indefinitely when you don’t have to be.

Common uses

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • acid reflux
  • gastritis
  • food allergy
  • heartburn

Key facts

It's usual to take ranitidine once or twice a day.

Some people only need to take ranitidine for a short time, when they have symptoms. Others need to take it for longer.You can take ranitidine with or without food.It's unusual to get any side effects. However, some people may get stomach pain or constipation, or feel sick. This tends to get better as you carry on taking ranitidine.Ranitidine is called by the brand names Zantac, Zantac 75 and Zantac 75 Relief.

How and when to take it

It's usual to take ranitidine twice a day - 1 dose in the morning and 1 dose in the evening. Some people only need to take ranitidine once a day, at bedtime.Very young babies, and people with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, usually take ranitidine 3 times a day. People with severe inflammation of the food pipe (oesophagitis) may need to take it 4 times a day.

How long will I take it for?

If you're taking lower strength ranitidine (75mg) that you bought from a pharmacy or supermarket, speak to a pharmacist or doctor before starting on a second packet. They may recommend tests to find out what's causing your symptoms, if taking ranitidine hasn't cleared them up.If your doctor prescribes ranitidine for you, you may only need to take it for a few weeks or months, depending on your health problem. Sometimes you might need to take it for longer.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to ranitidine or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to any other H2-antagonist (e.g., cimetidine, famotidine)

What if I forget to take it?

If you usually take it:

  • once a day, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it's less than 12 hours until your next dose - in which case skip the missed dose
  • twice a day, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it's nearly time for your next dose - in which case skip the missed dose
  • 3 or 4 times a day, skip the missed dose and take your next dose as normal

Side effects

  • abdominal bloating
  • stomach pain
  • chemical/venom allergy
  • cramps in calf muscles
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness with hypotension upon standing

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