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Side Effects Of Ranitidine In Infants

Side Effects Of Ranitidine In Infants

Uses

Ranitidine is known as an H2 blocker. It works by reducing the amount of acid in your stomach. It is used to prevent and treat heartburn and other symptoms caused by too much acid in the stomach (acid indigestion).

How to use Ranitidine Hcl Tablet

To treat heartburn and acid indigestion, take 1 tablet with a glass of water as needed, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet whole without chewing. Ranitidine can be taken with or without food.

To prevent heartburn and acid indigestion, take ranitidine 30-60 minutes before eating food or drinking beverages that can cause indigestion.

Do not take more than 2 tablets in 24 hours unless directed by your doctor. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Stop taking this medication and call your doctor promptly if your symptoms continue after you begin taking it, or if they do not improve after you have been taking this medication for 14 days in a row. Do not take this medication for more than 14 days in a row without talking with your doctor.

What are the possible side effects of ranitidine?

Your child may have some of these side effects while they take ranitidine. Check with your child's doctor if your child continues to have any of these side effects and they do not go away or they bother your child:

  • headache, tiredness, or dizziness
  • loss of appetite
  • upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea (watery bowel movements)

Most of the following side effects are not common, but they may be a sign of a serious problem. Call your child's doctor right away or take your child to the Emergency Department if your child has any of these side effects:

  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • yellow skin or eyes
  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • swelling of the face, lips, tongue
  • trouble breathing or swallowing
  • severe rash
  • severe dizziness or fainting

Understanding heartburn in babies

Some babies make too much stomach acid. The muscle between the esophagus (or “food pipe”) and the stomach is called the lower esophageal sphincter. This muscle opens to let food move from the esophagus into the stomach. Typically, it closes to keep acid from moving up into the esophagus from the stomach. In some babies, though, this muscle isn’t fully developed. It may let some acid back into the esophagus.

If this happens, the acid can irritate the esophagus and cause a burning feeling or pain. Too much acid reflux for too long can cause sores or ulcers. These sores can form anywhere from your baby’s esophagus and stomach to the first part of their duodenum (small intestine).

Decreasing your baby’s excess stomach acid can decrease the irritability they have from the pain of acid reflux after feeding. It can also help your baby eat more easily, which improves weight gain and decreases weight loss. As your baby grows, their lower esophageal sphincter will start to work better and they will spit up less. Less spitting up results in less irritation.

For more information about this condition, read about the signs and symptoms of acid reflux in infants.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ranitidine Syrup?

Tell all of your health care providers that you take ranitidine syrup. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take ranitidine syrup.

Tell your doctor if you have black, tarry, or bloody stools; you throw up blood; or your throw up looks like coffee grounds.

If you are taking warfarin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with ranitidine syrup.

This medicine prevents many other drugs from getting into the body. If you take other drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you need to take them at some other time than ranitidine syrup.

Liver problems have happened with ranitidine syrup. Most of the time, liver problems went back to normal after ranitidine syrup was stopped. Rarely, liver problems have led to death. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.

If you are 65 or older, use ranitidine syrup with care. You could have more side effects.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using ranitidine syrup while you are pregnant.

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