Zantac is a drug used to treat various conditions such as gastric acidity and relieve indigestion. It has ranitidine hydrochloride and is distributed by GlaxoSmithKline. Zantac is part of medicines grouped in a class referred to as histamine-2 receptor. It works by decreasing the quantity of acid in the stomach. In some cases, Zantac is prescribed together with an antibiotic to cure gastric ulcers resulting from bacteria called H pylori. Though it treats ulcers, Zantac also prevents them from occurring in the intestines and stomach. Zantac cures conditions like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome where a lot of acid is generated in the stomach as well as situations where acid moves up the esophagus leading to heartburn.
Essential information about Zantac
Zantac increases the risk of pneumonia development. Pneumonia symptoms include fever, chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing yellow or green residue. Prior to using Zantac, it is important to discuss specific risks with your doctor. Avoid using Zantac if you have a ranitidine allergy. Also, persons who have porphyria, kidney and liver diseases should consult a pharmacist or a doctor prior to using Zantac to determine its safety. In many instances, heartburn is mistaken for initial heart attack symptoms. Seek medical help fast if you experience chest pain, pain that spreads to the shoulder or arm, have a heavy feeling around the chest, experience nausea or a general feeling of illness.
How to take Zantac
Dissolve Zantac tablets in water prior to taking. Doctors may prescribe an antacid for pain relief; follow their instructions on what antacid to take and when to take it. Stay away from alcohol as it raises stomach damage risks. It can take 8 weeks to heal, use Zantac as directed for maximum results. If there are no improvements, talk to your doctor after six weeks of using the medicine.