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My husband had GERD several years ago with a dry cough that was diagnosis with Prilosec success. He has this again but not working. Prilosec + zantac (ranitidine)? Dosage?

My husband had GERD several years ago with a dry cough that was diagnosis with Prilosec success. He has this again but not working. Prilosec + zantac (ranitidine)? Dosage?

Increase dose: If in fact the cough is caused by acid reflux coming up into the laryngeal area it may take using the Prilosec twice a day. Of course, the problem may be caused by something else such post-nasal drip or even cough varient asthma. It may be time to see a cough specialist such as an allergist or pulmunologist. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjay Talati
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Ranitidine (Definition)

Treats and prevents heartburn with acid indigestion. Also treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid (such as zollinger-ellison syndrome). This medicine ...Read more


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I have GERD and have being having heartburn symptoms. I'm taking zantac (ranitidine) now daily and I still have heartburn. What medication is best for heartburn?

I have GERD and have being having heartburn symptoms. I'm taking zantac (ranitidine) now daily and I still have heartburn. What medication is best for heartburn?

PPI: Proton pump inhibitor. This class of medications typically works the best for reflux disease. It is advisable over to use this for about three months, and then try and wean yourself off and see how the symptoms are. Do this with the knowledge of your primary care provider. They might need to send you for more tests should medication fail. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Diagx GERD/ulcers 10 mos ago. Heartburn for 6 days after eating sweet/sour chicken. No relief with Prilosec or zantac. Cant take nexium (esomeprazole). What can I do.

Diagx GERD/ulcers 10 mos ago. Heartburn for 6 days after eating sweet/sour chicken. No relief with Prilosec or zantac. Cant take nexium (esomeprazole). What can I do.

Carafate (sucralfate): Hi Maria, since your symptoms have been unresponsive to your usual regimen, your doctor should be notified. Carafate (sucralfate) is a medication that may be considered for you, as it will coat any new or unresolved ulcers and help them heal faster. ...Read more

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I suffer from GERD. Can I take 150mgm Zantac (ranitidine) tablets once daily with no long term restrictions?

GERD: Zantac or "ranitidine" is a good medication to treat GERD with and usually tolerated with little to no side effects. I have multiple patients on long term therapy who have had no problems. ...Read more

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I have GERD and I have no ins. What is the best OTC medication for that? I already take 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine) a day.

I have GERD and I have no ins. What is the best OTC medication for that? I already take 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine) a day.

Baking soda: If cost is an issue, and your are already taking 300mg of generic Zantac (ranitidine) a day, then you could occasionally try taking a level teaspoon of baking soda in about two ounces of water for further relief. This is a home remedy that has worked well of decades, but is not promoted in standard medical practice. That said you should be evaluated asap by a gastroenterologist to determine the cause of sx. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to take Prilosec in the morning and Zantac (ranitidine) at night for complete acid relief of GERD?

Is it recommended to take Prilosec in the morning and Zantac (ranitidine) at night for complete acid relief of GERD?

See your doctor.: If you are initially treating presumed acid reflux, Prilosec 20 mg once each morning about 20 minutes before eating any food is a good start. If it does not completely relieve your symptoms after two weeks, however, or if they recur after stopping the Prilosec, then I would seek out treatment long term through your family doctor. Anti-reflux measures are important too. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take omeprazole and Zantac (ranitidine) extra strength pill together since the omeprazole doesn't work much with my gerd?

Yes, but chk it out: You can use both medications if you need them to control your significant gerd/reflux trouble, but I would advise checking it out with your doc to see why you are having such bad reflux. An infection such as helical pylori causing gastritis/ulcers? Hiatal hernia? Nonulcerative dyspepsia? Minimize alcohol, caffiene, and minty/spicy foods n don't eat before bed. Don't smoke. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 40 have GERD. I take Prevacid one a day to cope. I'm now taking 600mg Zantac (ranitidine) as alternative. Is it safe or go back to Prevacid.?

I'm 40 have GERD. I take Prevacid one a day to cope. I'm now taking 600mg Zantac (ranitidine) as alternative. Is it safe or go back to Prevacid.?

Ppi's: There is increasing reports about harmful effects of ppi's such as prevacid, prilosec, nexium, (esomeprazole)etc and at your young age, zantac and carafate may be a better choice for long term use. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you if your gerd isn't responding well to diet and medication. Abstinence from alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and oily foods may be helpful. ...Read more

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On 40mg pantoprazole and 150mg Zantac. Doc has me on this for 3 months for gerd. Is it normal to be on this long. Tired of taking pills?

On 40mg pantoprazole and 150mg Zantac. Doc has me on this for 3 months for gerd. Is it normal to be on this long. Tired of taking pills?

Chronic GERD: It is not unusual for patients to require long term medicine to get GERD symptoms under control and then to maintain that remission of symptoms. Many patients are not able to go off medicines completely. The goal would then be to get down to the least amount of medicines which controls you symptoms well. Anti-reflux precautions help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had well controlled GERD w/Dexilant and Zantac until 1 month ago. Wondering if my biologic change to loading doses of Cimzia might be the problem?

I had well controlled GERD w/Dexilant and Zantac until 1 month ago. Wondering if my biologic change to loading doses of Cimzia might be the problem?

Unlikely, a direct: Cause for uncontrolled GERD, at times patients can develop tolerance to PPIs / H2 blockers. Better check with your doctor if you need other meds or re-evaluation of your GERD diagnosis, best wishes ...Read more

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I have GERD and take Zantac (ranitidine) 150 well I spit some blood not a lot but enough to see it and then it stopped! Can this be from food or? Should I tell dr

I have GERD and take Zantac (ranitidine) 150 well I spit some blood not a lot but enough to see it and then it stopped! Can this be from food or? Should I tell dr

Tell doctor: Gerd can be a serious disease. Your doctor needs to know what is going on so you can get the best treatment. So tell your doctor. Have you been evaluated for sleep apnea? Sleep apnea can cause acid reflux. Talk to doctor about this also. ...Read more

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Does Zantac (ranitidine) worsen digestion? I have gallbladder disease causing my GERD. Is it safe for me to take?

Does Zantac (ranitidine) worsen digestion? I have gallbladder disease causing my GERD. Is it safe for me to take?

Separate problems: GERD and gall bladder disease are different. You need to take zantac (ranitidine) for GERD. Gall bladder disease gives rise to digestive problems and it needs to be treated separately. If zantac (ranitidine) doesn't work for your reflux you may need more powerful drugs such as PPIs ...Read more

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If you had to choose between 1 prevacid or 2-4 Zantac (ranitidine) to manage GERD (morning nausea and nausea between meals) for life which would you choose?

If you had to choose between 1 prevacid or 2-4 Zantac (ranitidine) to manage GERD (morning nausea and nausea between meals) for life which would you choose?

GERD: Neither is good for life, chronic acid suppression, especially by ppis like prevacid, (lansoprazole) can create more problems down the line in the stomach. You should consider dietary changes, losing weight and other ways to control your gerd rather than depending on medications at your young age. ...Read more

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I have gerd that is not getting better after 2 months. I am on Zantac (ranitidine) 150 MG 2x daily. My main difficulties are difficulty breathing and weight loss.?

I have gerd that is not getting better after 2 months. I am on Zantac (ranitidine) 150 MG 2x daily. My main difficulties are difficulty breathing and weight loss.?

GERD??: Shortness of breath and weight loss can be caused by many things. Since it is not improving on anti-reflux med for 2 months, you need further evaluation. A lung doctor may be helpful to figure out what the shortness of breath is from. Are your oxygen levels low? Pulmonary function testing, a CAT scan of the chest, blood work, etc. May be needed. If you smoke, quit ASAP. See lung doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with GERD and take prilosec. Having to take zantac (ranitidine) as well. Its been a couple weeks and only have some relief. Should I return to doctor?

Just diagnosed with GERD and take prilosec. Having to take zantac (ranitidine) as well. Its been a couple weeks and only have some relief. Should I return to doctor?

Return to the doc: For sure you should...you should be evaluated to be sure you are indeed having acid reflux and not some other condition that mimics it. Also an upper endoscoy might be indicated to better the evaluate the symptom... ...Read more

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Taking 40mg prescription Prilosec daily and have breakthrough GERD which required zantac (ranitidine). Do I need a new ppi?

Taking 40mg prescription Prilosec daily and have breakthrough GERD which required zantac (ranitidine). Do I need a new ppi?

Maybe...: If you are following strict dietary and lifestyle modifications routinely recommended to patients with gerd and are compliant with taking your Nexium (esomeprazole) it may be time to either try a different ppi or double the dose of nexium (esomeprazole). 30 - 40% of patients with gerd will require a double dose of ppi for control of symptoms. Make sure you are followed by a GI specialist. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Zantac (Definition)

Zantac is a H2 receptor blocker which is a kind of ...Read more