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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 is a histamine h2-blocker.

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What is the med ranitidine for?

What is  the med  ranitidine  for?

Decrease acid prod.: Histamine receptor blocker (h2 blocker) which cuts down on a id production. This allows healing of stomach and esophagus inflammation, ulcers. Stronger meds available. Most ulcers due to bacterial infection-cure requires other meds. Safe med. See md if need it often or for more than a few days. ...Read more

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Treating Heartburn (Tip)

Treating Heartburn

Lose weight! avoid nexium-like meds in favor of drugs like generic ranitidine, fewer side effects! ...See more

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Please describe the medication: ranitidine?

Please describe the medication: ranitidine?

Acid Reflux Med: 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 is a histamine h2-blocker. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribe me ranitidine for acid I have gall bladder stone is this safe and what does it really do?

My doctor prescribe me ranitidine for acid I have gall bladder stone is this safe and what does it really do?

Ranitidine : Or zantac is an h2 blocker drug meant to reduced your stomach acidity. It is safe for you to take however i would recommend rid yourself and have the gall bladder removed. You will feel better, acidity may be a thing of the past and you will prevent possible serious complication gall stones can induce! ...Read more

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When son was approx 25 lbs he was prescribed ranitidine 15mg/ml at 2 mls twice daily. He now weighs 32 lbs. Is the dosage the same?

When son was approx 25 lbs he was prescribed ranitidine 15mg/ml  at 2 mls twice daily. He now weighs 32 lbs. Is the dosage the same?

Depends: You are right in thinking that since he has increased his weight, his medication should also be increased since pediatric medicines are dosed based on weight. To roughly stay the same, you could give him 2.5 ml twice daily. If it is hard to measure out 2.5 ml, you could safely give him 3 ml twice daily. Sometimes doctors will keep the dose the same, and if the lower dose works as well, that is ok. ...Read more

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I have upper abdomen (ulcer like) pain lately that isn't relieved my omeprazole or ranitidine. They used to work just fine for that kind of pain.

I have upper abdomen (ulcer like) pain lately that isn't relieved my omeprazole or ranitidine. They used to work just fine for that kind of pain.

Consider these...: Recurrent abdominal discomfort is first addressed by accompanying signs/symptoms that may localize the organ involved: bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniations? Also consider dysmotility, gastropathy due to nsaid's, alcohol, h.Pylori. ...Read more

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What's more effective for acid reflux, 300mg of ranitidine or 20mg of famotidine ? Which one is likely to last longer, the effects ?

What's more effective for acid reflux, 300mg of ranitidine or 20mg of famotidine ? Which one is likely to last longer, the effects ?

About the same: Ranitidine and Famotidine are h2 receptor antagonists, and their efficacy at reducing acid and relieving reflux symptoms are about the same. For more long lasting relief, a proton pump inhibitor, such as omeprazole, would be a better choice. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how long will it take for ranitidine to work, as i cannot swallow thanks....?

Could you tell me how long will it take for ranitidine to work, as i cannot swallow thanks....?

30 minutes or so: But if you can't swallow, this pill will not help you. Besides the fact that if you can't swallow the pill won't go down, difficulty swallowing is a serious concern! you should be seen! (primary md, ent, and or GI physician). ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ranitidine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take ranitidine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

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. ...Read more

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