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Can you tell me is ranitidine(zantac) an antacid?

Can you tell me is ranitidine(zantac) an antacid?

Yes: Yes it is a type of acid reducer-- it inhibits stomach acid secretion. ...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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Can you take zantac (ranitidine) while taking uribel? I know it says not to take antacids like tums, Mylanta as it will interfere. How Is zantac (ranitidine) different?

Absorption: Zantac (ranitidine) doesn't physically interfere with the absorption of tablets or pills whereas antacids can as they coat the stomach lining. This interference is most marked if you take tablets just before or soon after taking the antacid. ...Read more

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I have an ulcer and had the breathing test for h. Pylori bacteria. Will it show negative if i had taken an antacid Zantac (ranitidine) and maalox that morning?

I have an ulcer and had the breathing test for h. Pylori bacteria. Will it show negative if i had taken an antacid Zantac (ranitidine) and maalox that morning?

It may: Zantac (ranitidine) has been shown to affect breath h.Pylori test, although, not to the same degree as proton pump inhibitors (prilosec, Prevacid and their ilk). Zantac (ranitidine), pepcid, tagamet must be withheld for at least 48-72 hours prior to that that. Maalox is ok to take. ...Read more

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How serious is bloating in lower abdomen even after eating small amount, loud frequent gurgling, and heartburn, requiring antacids, zantac (ranitidine)?

How serious is bloating in lower abdomen even after eating small amount, loud frequent gurgling, and heartburn, requiring antacids, zantac (ranitidine)?

Not serious: Most people have symptoms of bloating without any serious illness. Make sure you are not constipated. Smaller frequent feeding, avoiding over eating, spicy food, stress and anxiety will help with symptoms of heart burning and acid reflux ...Read more

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Is it an ulcer? Severe burning pain in the esophagus and stomach. Antacids (tums) taken, fallowed by ranitidine 75mg and Prilosec otc.

GERD: Reflux is more likely than an ulcer but both can cause similar symptoms. Forget tums (calcium carbonate). Stay with prilosec. If symptoms pwesist, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Just about 27 weeks preg. Can i take Zantac (ranitidine) 75? I eat wayyy more than the recomended amout of Tums a day.

Just about 27 weeks preg. Can i take Zantac (ranitidine) 75? I eat wayyy more than the recomended amout of Tums a day.

GERD Reflux: Use of zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec are fine during pregnancy. You may find better control of symptoms by routinely using these medications rather than waiting for symptoms to occur. If over the counter medications do not address your symptoms, there are also several reflux medications that can be prescribed as well. ...Read more

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Suffers from chronic acid reflux.takes 6 tums a day- but it only relieves the issue for an hour. Tried Zantac (ranitidine) but didn't help much. get scoped?

Suffers from chronic acid reflux.takes 6 tums a day- but it only relieves the issue for an hour. Tried Zantac (ranitidine) but didn't help much. get scoped?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. You need to take a lot of it for DGL to be effective. ...Read more

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Can I take tums and Zantac (ranitidine) together during pregnancy?

Can I take tums and Zantac (ranitidine) together during pregnancy?

Yes: Zantac (ranitidine) is a good drug to prevent acid reflux over time. It does not work immediately though. Tums are good for immediate relief of acid reflux but it does not help with long term prevention. Both are safe for use in pregnancy ...Read more

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I have heartburn that isn't responding to Zantac (ranitidine) can I take Tums with it.

I have heartburn that isn't responding to Zantac (ranitidine) can I take Tums with it.

Yes: Hi. I'm sorry you're having such bad heartburn. You may have something more serious going on (infection, ulcers, etc). You might need to see a gastroenterologist for further diagnostic evaluation. OTC omeprazole is more efficacious than ranitidine. But yes, you can take TUMS (calcium carbonate) with Zantac. Good luck! ...Read more

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If i only have heartburn about once a month, is tums a better option than something like zantac (ranitidine)?

If i only have heartburn about once a month, is tums a better option than something like zantac (ranitidine)?

Tums (calcium carbonate) OK.: If you get symptoms that infrequently, Tums (calcium carbonate) would probably give you relief more quickly than the other options for heartburn. ...Read more

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Can i take, tums, Zantac (ranitidine) and gas x all together?

Can i take, tums, Zantac (ranitidine) and gas x all together?

Yes: If you need to, but usually one or the other is all you need. If it is not working, make appointment with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I am on Nexium and Ranitidine for acid reflux. Is it ok to also take Tums on need basis like 1 to 3 tablets a day or so?

I am on Nexium and Ranitidine for acid reflux. Is it ok to also take Tums on need basis like 1 to 3 tablets a day or so?

Yes but: If you have been taken Nexium prior to breakfast and still not getting relief with Ranitidine in the evening, it is time to consult a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Zantac, (ranitidine) tums, and cimetidine have done nothing for my wife's pains. What else could it be besides acid reflux?

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Zantac, (ranitidine) tums, and cimetidine have done nothing for my wife's pains.  What else could it be besides acid reflux?

Depends: It really depends what sort of pains are going on. You didn't describe location, quality, intensity, timing...Anything at all. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 2 or 3 Tums a day when already taking Nexium(40mg) in the morning and Ranitidine (300 mg) at night for acid reflux?

Is it ok to take 2 or 3 Tums a day when already taking Nexium(40mg) in the morning  and Ranitidine (300 mg) at night for acid reflux?

Yes: yes, but see your doctor because the other medications should be treating your problem. If not, then something else may be going on. ...Read more

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Hi, so taking too many tums for heartburn is not good but also taking otc zantac (ranitidine) for periods longer than 14 days is not good. What other meds are safe?

Hi, so taking too many tums for heartburn is not good but also taking otc zantac (ranitidine) for periods longer than 14 days is not good. What other meds are safe?

The PPIs.: OTC medications like Prilosec or Prevacid (lansoprazole) are stronger than what you have been taking. But the fact remains that if your symptoms are not relieved after a week or two of medication you need to see a doctor to confirm your diagnosis and see if any formal investigative testing may be needed. ...Read more

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Can you take nystatin , tums & Zantac (ranitidine) together?

Can you take nystatin , tums & Zantac (ranitidine) together?

Sure: Why not? Just remember to chew only the Tums (calcium carbonate). ...Read more

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Heartburn and pregnancy what is the strongest thing you can take! I have been taking Tums and Zantac (ranitidine) and its not helping!?

Heartburn and pregnancy what is the strongest  thing you can take! I have been taking Tums and Zantac (ranitidine) and its not helping!?

See a doctor: If you've tried over the counter Zantac (ranitidine) and tums, it would be best to see a physician to discuss your heartburn, address your risk factors and possible remedies. ...Read more

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Ive had indigestion for 5 days - right under my rib cage. Taking Tums& Zantac (ranitidine) and not helping much. It is worse at night-never had this before. Help?

Bad dyspepsia: Jeremy, to save space, do this:
1.avoid all spicey or acidic foods ~ curry, pineapples,breyani, etc. AVOID ALCHOLOL
2. elevate the head of your bed about an inch both sides to reduce REFLUX
3. TAKE ANY ANTACID ~ ABOUT 20 - 3O ML/3 X A DAY PREF BEFORE MEALS
4. eat slowly and chew well,
change to PRILOSEC OTC as directed
5 if no better in 1 month make an appt to see gastroenterologist for endoscopy ...Read more

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She is on Zantac (ranitidine) for 5 days..has gas..can zantac (ranitidine) cause gas? Is it safe to take gas x or beano with zantac (ranitidine)? And is tums ok to take with zantac (ranitidine)? Thanks

Side effect: Zantac (ranitidine) probably not causing the gas, tums or gas meds can be taken with zantac (ranitidine). Excessive gas may be from malabsorption of the food. Consult wtih your pediatrician ...Read more

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Im 6weeks pregnant and I have terrible acid indigestion. Is it ok to take zantac, (ranitidine) i'm using Tums but they aren't helping!?

Im 6weeks pregnant and I have terrible acid indigestion. Is it ok to take zantac, (ranitidine) i'm using Tums but they aren't helping!?

Yes: Keep taking the Tums for calcium. Zantac (ranitidine) is pregnancy category b so considered relatively safe during pregnancy. If Zantac (ranitidine) helps, but not enough, you could try Prevacid 24-hr (otc) which is also category b. Safety for either in breast feeding is unknown. ...Read more

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My doctor has changed my meds to zantac (ranitidine). And it's not getting rid of terrible burning in my chest can I take something like Tums as well?

My doctor has changed my meds to zantac (ranitidine). And it's not getting rid of terrible burning in my chest  can I take  something like Tums as well?

GERD meds: What med were u on before? Did it relieve your symptoms better than zantac (ranitidine)? Can use otc antacids temporarily, but should see doc again & report lack of relief with new med. Might try doubling the dose (after discussing w/ doc or ask for a proton pump inhibitor like Prilosec or prevacid. Avoid food triggers, too, until condition much improved; then add them gradually. ...Read more

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Will taking Tums or Zantac (ranitidine) 150 with Advil help prevent stomach irritation/upset caused by Advil?

Will taking Tums or Zantac (ranitidine) 150 with Advil help prevent stomach irritation/upset caused by Advil?

PPI is better: Over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec (omeprazole) or Nexium (esomeprazole) can protect the stomach from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil (ibuprofen)/Aleve (naproxen). H2 blockers like Zantac (ranitidine)/Pepcid (famotidine) at double dose are less effective, & protect only the duodenum, not the stomach. Antacids like Tums (calcium carbonate) are inadequate for this purpose. ...Read more

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The past 4 or 5 days i've been experiencing nausea and headaches when i eat. Tums and Zantac (ranitidine) don't help, and it is worse at night. Help? Not pregnant

The past 4 or 5 days i've been experiencing nausea and headaches when i eat. Tums and Zantac (ranitidine) don't help, and it is worse at night. Help? Not pregnant

Nausea, headaches: There are many possibilities. You may have an infection or reaction to something you are using or substance you are taking or exposed to. Best to see your doctor for a check up about this problem. ...Read more

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I have been throwing up for a few weeks and had severe stomach pains. Vomiting doesn't relieve pain. Tums, Pepto, and Zantac (ranitidine) have done nothing. ?

I have been throwing up  for a few weeks and had severe stomach pains. Vomiting doesn't relieve pain. Tums, Pepto, and Zantac (ranitidine) have done nothing. ?

You need an appt!: It is NOT normal for you to be vomiting for weeks without any relief. You need to see your primary care doc ASAP for an appt to determine what is going on. You might be pregnant and suffering from morning sickness (not just limited to mornings). You might have acid reflux, stomach ulcer, gallstones, pancreatitis, diabetes, or other things. Make an appt so that you can get tested right away! ...Read more

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My hubby is having some very bad heartburn after a bout with the stomach flu, he has tried Tums and zantac, (ranitidine) nothing is working. What else can we do?

My hubby is having some very bad heartburn after a bout with the stomach flu, he has tried Tums and zantac, (ranitidine) nothing is working. What else can we do?

Try omeprazole: He can try a stronger acg suppressor likw omeparazole 20 mgm available over the counter or brand name zegrid once a day, till his symptoms have resolved, and avoid very fatty meals, citrus fruit juices, tomatoes, mint, alcohol, and too much caffeine. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in upper abdominal/rib cage area. Eating causes pain, heart burn, diahrea. Drinking liquids is ok. Have tried mylanta, zantac, (ranitidine) rolaids, tums, pepto...Nothing helps

Hello. : Hello. I cannot diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Many different conditions are possible. Gallstones, cholecystitis, an ulcer, gastritis, heartburn, colitis. You should see your doctor. In the mean time, eat smaller meals, avoid greasy and spicy foods, ensure that you are getting at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day. If you have severe abdominal pain with fever that isn't remitting - please get seen asap. ...Read more

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Dr., i have an upper endoscopy due on April 6th. Do i need to stop taking nexium before that? What about antacids like tums, zantac? thank you

Talk to the doctor: These questions should be addressed to the doctor doing the scope. Nonetheless, no Tums at least 12 hrs prior to the procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Antacid (Definition)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common ...Read more


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Zantac (Definition)

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