Is Zantac (ranitidine) also good for hives?

No. It used to be thought that the addition of medications such as ranitidine or Famotidine may be helpful since they do block one of the histamine receptors. However, current guidelines do not support the use of the medications in the treatment of hives.

Related Questions

Whenever I get hot I start to itch, I had hives prior but they're gone I'm currently on zantac (ranitidine) and Zyrtec (Costco brand). It doesn't seem to work.

Cholinergic ? There is a condition known as cholinergic urticaria (small bumps) which occurs during the cooling down period after a rise in core body temperature (hot shower, exercise, stress etc). If this fits your pattern, then try taking the antihistamine up to every 8 hrs to see if this may work. Read more...

If a person pre-medicates w/xyzal & zantac, (ranitidine) can they take an nsaid drug, if that drug has caused minor hives in the past? Get skin reaction only.

Possibly. Both xyzal (levocetirizine) & zantac have anti-histamine effects & may decrease or eliminate a mild reaction to nsaid. However, this can be dangerous. Repeat exposures to something you are allergic to can be more severe, including breathing & swallowing difficulties, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or mouth. 6 classes of nsaids exist; you may not be allergic to other NSAID classes. An allergist may help a lot. Read more...

If I premedicate w/xyzal, zantac, (ranitidine) can I start using nsaids again, even tho they caused minor hives in the past? Allergist says yes, but I'm nervous.

Possible but. Even though you only had minor hives before, one cannot predict with certainty whether a severe reaction may occur the next time. Recent studies have shown that all nsaids cross-react if hives were the issue (not asthma). In general, most sensitive people can tolerate cox-2 type of nsaids which must be prescribed. Before you taking any other nsaids, ask your allergist for a challenge test. Read more...
No. This is not correct, and i would not do it at home, if you need to take nsaids , you need to be desensitized under strict protocols and in a medical setting, not in an office setting. Read more...