Zantac® (ranitidine hydrochloride)

What is Zantac generic?

Zantac generic (ranitidine) is a drug of histamine-2 blockers group.It reduces the acidity of stomach.Zantac generic is popularly used to treat hyperacidity of stomach such as in Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and also to cure the symptoms of Gastroesophageal reflux disease, mainly the heartburn. Stomach acid causes erosion of esophagus; this condition is also treated by Zantac generic by reducing stomach acid.The above mentioned conditions for the use of Zantac generic are not exhaustive.

Important information

Zantac generic increases the risk of developing Pneumonia. Main symptoms of pneumonia are fever, chest pain, shortness of breath and green or yellow mucus in the cough. You must consult your doctor about your risk of developing pneumonia. You should not use Zantac generic if you are allergic to Ranitidine.If you are suffering from renal or hepatic disease or porphyria, you must consult your doctor before taking Zantac generic.Symptoms of heartburn are similar to that of heart attack. It is advised to seek emergency medical help if you develop symptoms like pain in left arm, shoulder, chest pain, heaviness feeling, sudden excessive sweating, nausea, general feeling of sickness. Zantac generic effervescent tablets and granules must be dissolved in water and consumed.Antacid may also be prescribed to relieve pain. You must follow your doctor instructions about the type and dosage of antacid to be taken. Do not take alcohol as it may cause more damage to your stomach. It may take up to 8 weeks to cure your stomach ulcers with Zantac generic. If you do not get relief in symptoms even after 6 weeks of treatment, you must consult your doctor.

Before using Zantac generic

You should not use Zantac generic if you are allergic to Ranitidine. Symptoms of heartburn are similar to that of heart attack. It is advised to seek emergency medical help if you develop symptoms like pain in left arm, shoulder, chest pain, heaviness feeling, sudden excessive sweating, nausea, general feeling of sickness.

Consult your doctor or pharmacist if it is safe to take Zantac generic, if you have any of these conditions:

  • Renal disease
  • hepatic disease; or
  • Porphyria.

FDA pregnancy category B. Zantac generic is safe for fetus. Update your doctor about your pregnancy status and future family planning. Whether Zantac generic is excreted in breast milk or not is not known, so you must inform your doctor if you are a nursing mother. Zantac generic increases the risk of developing Pneumonia. Main symptoms of pneumonia rae fever, chest pain, shortness of breath and green or yellow mucus in the cough. You must consult your doctor about your risk of developing pneumonia. You should not use Zantac generic if you are allergic to Ranitidine. There may be phenylalanine in Zantac generic effervescent tablets. If you have phenylketonuria, you must consult your doctor before taking this form of ranitidine.

Zantac generic side effects

If you observe signs of Zantac generic allergy such as swelling of tongue, lips, face or throat, breathing problem or hives urgently seek emergency medical help. Some of the serious side effects of Zantac generic are Icterus, weakness, fever or pale skin, shortness of breath Continuous bleeding such as bleeding from nose, rectum, vagina, mouthRed or purple pinpoint spots or patches under the skin which are suggestive of bleedingBlood vomiting or bloody, tarry stools Stop using Zantac generic and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects. Arm, jaw, left shoulder, chest pain which may be indicative of heart attack. Development of sudden neurological symptoms such as muscle weakness, speech problems, blurred vision. The above mentioned list of side effects is not exhaustive. You must call up your doctor to know more about Zantac generic side effects and may also report to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 FREE.

Less serious side effects of Zantac generic may include:

  • insomnia
  • headache (may be severe);
  • impotence, difficulty having orgasm, reduced sex drive
  • drowsiness, dizziness;
  • tender, swollen breast in men
  • stomachache, nausea, vomiting

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss any dose you can take it when you remember but if it’s time for the next dose do not take double dose at single time.

What happens if I overdose?

Dial 1-800-222-1222 FREE that is the poison helpline or seek emergency medical help.Symptoms of overdose may be fainting, lack of coordination or feeling of light-headedness.

What should I avoid?

Do not take alcohol as it may cause more damage to your stomach.

How should I take Zantac generic?

Zantac generic must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You must not alter the dosage or duration other than what is prescribed by your doctor. Ant acid may also be prescribed to relieve pain. You must follow your doctor instructions about the type and dosage of antacid to be taken.Zantac generic effervescent tablet must not be crushed, chewed or broken, and must not be dissolved on your tongue. At least 1 teaspoon of water must be used to dissolve 25 mg of effervescent tablet before swallowing.6 to 8 ounces of water must be used to dissolve 150 mg of effervescent tablet.Zantac generic effervescent tablet must be completely dissolved in water and the whole mixture must be taken at one time.For giving this dosage to a small child the dropper may be used. You must measure the quantity of medicine with the proper device like dose measuring cup or spoon and not with the feeding spoon. If you dont have the appropriate measuring device, you must buy one from the chemist shop. It may take up to 8 weeks to cure your stomach ulcers with Zantac generic. If you do not get relief in symptoms even after 6 weeks of treatment, you must consult your doctor. If you get certain medical tests done, while you are on Zantac generic, altered results may be shown. So it is important for you to inform your doctor about Zantac generic schedule and dosage.Store in a cool and dry place at room temperature.

User reviews

Zantac generic 150 (ranitidine) for Duodenal Ulcer:I take Ranitidine (150mg) twice a day. It helps calm my stomach down but the pain will come back if I don’t take another pill and eat a small meal.

Zantac generic 150 (ranitidine) for GERD:I take Zantac generic 150 over the counter. It takes longer to work than Rolaids or Tums or similar, about 30-60 minutes, but it gives relief as if GERD or Heartburn never existed.