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Relieves heartburn and stomach ulcers.

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

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1062 reviewsforZantac
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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.
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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.
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Used for
  • Duodenal ulcer disease
  • Active Duodenal ulcer disease
  • Maintenance
  • Burn Gastric ulcer Gastric ulcer
  • Maintenance Gastritis Hyperphosphatemia Proctitis Stress ulcer; Prophylaxis Ulcer of rectum
  • Solitary
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Oral syrup
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
1062 reviews so far
72%
saidit'sworth it
44%
saiditworked well
7%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Zantac 75 (ranitidine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Carafate (Sucralfate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Confusion
    • Aged 60 years or older
    • Kidney conditions
    • Liver conditions
  • Drug interactions
  • Acute porphyria
    • Acute Porphyria
  • Chronic lung problems
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    • Lung problems
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