Ranitidine is a drug which is used to help reduce the production of stomach acid to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and indigestion.
- Provides up to 24 hours relief
- Used to treat acid reflux and heartburn
- Cheaper version of Zantac
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.
Ranitidine is an oral medication that belongs to the family of drugs known as histamine-2 receptor antagonists. It is used to treat conditions such as acid reflux, GORD, heartburn and peptic ulcers. It works by preventing certain cells within the stomach lining from producing acid, allowing peptic ulcers to heal and prevent any reflux towards the respiratory tract. It is recommended that the patient take a twice-daily dose regularly for therapeutic results to be at its most effective, ideally in the morning and evening.
How do I take this medication?
You can take ranitidine with or without food. However, if you get symptoms whenever you eat or drink, take your medicine 30 minutes to 60 minutes before having a drink, snack or meal.
For how long should I use this medication?
You may only need to take it for a few weeks or months, depending on your symptoms. Sometimes you might need to take it for longer.
What if I forget to take it?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it’s less than 12 hours until your next dose - in which case skip the missed dose
What if I take too much?
Ranitidine is generally very safe. Taking too much is unlikely to harm you.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking ranitidine.
Common side effects include:
- Dry mouth
There are some rare yet severe side effects associated with ranitidine. You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience a slow or irregular heartbeat or changes in urinating, including blood in the urine.
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.
Patient Information Leaflet