Where is Ranitidine Hydrochloride used?
Ranitidine Hydrochloride is used to prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcers. This is in the class of medications called histamine-2 (H2) blockers. Ranitidine Hydrochloride is a prescription already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Histamine is a naturally occurring chemical that stimulates cells in the stomach to produce acid. H2 blockers prevent the action of histamine on the cells. Therefore, it lessens the production of acid by the stomach. Since too much stomach acid can damage the stomach or esophagus and lead to inflammation and ulceration, decreasing stomach acid prevents and heals acid-induced ulcers and inflammation.
How does Ranitidine Hydrochloride work?
Ranitidine Hydrochloride blocks H2 receptors that stop the cells from producing too much stomach acid. H2 receptors are to be found on the cells inside the stomach lining. Natural body chemical called histamine usually acts on these receptors that cause them to produce stomach acid to help digest food. This drug also lessens the backflow of acid into the food pipe that can cause heartburn symptoms and damage to the food pipe. By lessening the amount of acid in the stomach and duodenum, this medicine allows peptic ulcers to heal.
Your indigestion and heartburn should start to feel better within an hour or 2 hours. The effects will usually last for around 12 hours. It may take a few weeks for this medication to work properly. Depending on your problems, you may still have some acid symptoms during this time.
How is Ranitidine Hydrochloride taken?
This prescription is taken as directed by your doctor. Each dose is taken either with or without a meal. The tablet is taken by mouth with a full glass of water.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, weight, and response to the treatment. Remember to take it at the same time and in the same way each day. Take it regularly for the best benefit of this product. Take each dose exactly as it is given by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than the prescription. Your doctor may give you a lower dose to start and gradually increase it.
What are the possible side effects of Ranitidine Hydrochloride?
What are the precautions of Ranitidine Hydrochloride?
- Before taking Ranitidine Hydrochloride, inform your doctor if you have any medical history especially kidney or liver problems.
- Let your doctor know if you ever had an allergic reaction to this drug. Tell also if you have any allergies. This drug may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
- This is not for use in children younger than 12 unless it is directed by your doctor. Older adults may also be more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine.
- Do not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- Let your doctor know about all the medication you are taking including vitamins or herbal supplements. You should not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
- If you are breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first. If you get pregnant or planning to become pregnant while having this medication, call your doctor right away.