Uses and How to Use
Zantac or Ranitidine as its generic name is generally for treating ulcers of the digestive tract and prevents any recurrence. It also treats certain stomach and esophagus disorders by limiting the acid content. It is classified as an H2 histamine blocker and reduces the amount of produced acid in the stomach. Zantac helps in the healing of heartburn.
Zantac is also used by some health care providers for what they call as “off-label” uses such as “stress ulcer prophylaxis” and for preventing acid-related pneumonia during surgeries.
It has shown more versatility and efficiency in its curing ability that Zantac has been approved for treating children as young as one month old.
Infants are prescribed with the peppermint flavoured syrup while the older child is administered with the light citrus tablets. However, the right paediatric diagnosis should be observed since the doctor may have to base his prescription on the weight of the child.
Precautions and Side Effects
You can take Zantac orally with or without food. Its common dosage is usually for once or twice a day or as prescribed by your doctor. However, it may also be prescribed to be taken 4 times a day for certain conditions. If you are scheduled to take it only once daily, then it is best to take it after dinner or before going to bed.
There can be side effects in using Zantac as headaches, dizziness, constipation and diarrhea can occur. Make it known to your doctor if these side effects continue or worsen.
There might be serious but very unlikely side effects like blurry vision and mood swings. There may also be side effects like easy bleeding or bruising, enlarged breasts, severe tiredness, irregular breathing, infections and severe abdominal pains. If you experience these, then you should immediately seek medical attention.
Serious allergic reactions include rashes, itching, swelling, severe dizziness and breathing troubles. Zantac can also have some serious interactions with other drugs.
Tell your doctor first about other drugs you are using especially atazanavir, azole-antifungals, metropolol, propantheline and triazolam. You should avoid medicines that contain aspirin because this can cause stomach irritation and ulcers.
Low doses of aspirin for stroke and heart attack prevention are permitted. This is an H2 type medication so do not take other drugs that have histamine content while taking Zantac. This medication can interfere with laboratory tests like urine protein tests. Make sure the testing personnel know that you are taking this medication in order to produce more accurate test results.
Dosage and Storage
Measurements are important. Use only a measuring spoon or a medication spoon. Do not use household spoons so that you can get the exact and correct dose. The length of prescribed dosage is based on your body’s response to the treatment. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions as closely as possible to facilitate faster treatment of your condition.
In case you forget to take your daily dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is already near the time of another dose, take that next one instead.
Never double or increase your dosage just to make up for the missed dose. So it will be easier to remember, take each dose at the same time everyday. Quitting the habit of smoking and reducing your alcohol intake can help in the potency of this medication.
Zantac should be stored in a tightly closed container. Make sure that the medicine is kept stored away from sunlight and moisture. The bathroom is not the ideal place to store it in because it has high levels of humidity. It is important to properly discard of this product when expired or not to be used anymore.
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