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Is it safe to take ranitidine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Ranitidine, now an over-the-counter product known as zantac, has been well studied in pregnancy. And for good reason! heartburn is very common in the second and third trimesters, so the good news is that OTC ranitidine is considered safe in pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: This drug falls into the lower risk category for both pregnancy and during breast feeding.
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Probably safe: Ranitidine is pregnancy class B - no demonstrated risk in animal studies, probably safe in 2nd & 3rd trimesters. Also considered "probably safe" in breast feeding. In general, caution is advised, so I would definitely discuss it with your doctor or midwife.

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