Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal

Zantac 75

(ranitidine)

Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal
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5.08Zantac

Relieves heartburn and stomach ulcers.

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Our bottom line

Zantac 75 (ranitidine) is an effective and inexpensive medicine for hearburn with few side effects, but may interfere with other drugs.

Upsides

  • Zantac 75 (ranitidine) works well to relieve heartburn symtoms and is quite tolerable.
  • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
  • If you have trouble swallowing pills you may find the liquid product a good option.
  • Inexpensive with over-the-counter and generic options.
  • Coupons are available for the brand product - speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
People’s experience with Zantac

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Downsides

  • Zantac 75 (ranitidine) doesn't work as quickly as some other acid reducers. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you need quicker relief.
  • Zantac 75 (ranitidine) does not last as long as some other acid reducers. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you need longer relief.
  • May not be as effective in healing the esophagus when it is inflammed or torn, known as erosive esophagitis. Your doctor will assess which medication is best for you.
  • Can lower your vitamin B12 levels if you use Zantac 75 (ranitidine) for a long time. Your doctor can order lab tests to monitor your vitamin B12 levels.
How it works

Zantac 75 (ranitidine) reduces the production of acid by blocking a chemical from acting on the acid-producing cells in your stomach.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Oral syrup
  • Injection

What to expect when you take Zantac 75 (ranitidine) for Reducing stomach acid

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Side effect rates for Zantac 75 (ranitidine)

Risks and Warnings for Zantac 75 (ranitidine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Aged 60 years or older
    • Kidney conditions
    • Liver conditions

    Zantac 75 (ranitidine) can cause rare cases of temporary confusion. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if this is the best option for you.

Common concerns from people taking Zantac 75 (ranitidine)

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Interactions
  • Zantac 75 (ranitidine) can interact with certain prescription and over-the-counter medications. Let your doctor or pharmacist know about the medicines you are currently taking.
Alcohol
  • The syrup product may contain up to 7.5% of alcohol.