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Is prilosec and ranitadine bad for the kidneys?

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Is prilosec and ranitadine bad for the kidneys?
Welcome to and thank you for your question.
I'm so sorry to hear of your discomfort. I will do whatever I can to help answer your questions .First I need a little more information-
For how long you have been taking both of these medications?
Are you talking about long term side effects with such pills?
Have you undergone any medical investigations?
May I know your symptoms?
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Dr. Robert
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

i take 40 mg of prilosec twice a day and 150mg of ranitadine twice a day. I had what they thought was an esophageal spasm. Which caused some serious pain in my chest. I've been taking the meds like that since Janurary of this year. I had an endoscope done and they didnt see anything out of the ordinary so they kept me on the meds. I have not had any discomfort like that in my chest for quite some time but have been noticeing some slight discomfort in my lower back where my kidneys sit so I was wondering if maybe the meds were causing this

Dear Customer, Thanks for providing quick additional information.
It is good to hear that you had endoscopy done with normal results.
As such gastritis and acid reflux are very common condition, and can be easily managed with dietary changes and medications.
Prilosec contains Omeprazole. Some of the common side effects with Omeprazole are-
-cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat,
-stomach pain, gas
-nausea, vomiting,
As such long term use of prilosec may cause elevations in serum creatinine, rare reports of interstitial nephritis. Such cases are very slim. So, basically it is safe for kidneys.
Ranitidine works by blocking histamine H2 receptors which are found on the cells in the stomach lining.
As such this would not affect kidneys, chances of getting kidney disease with such use are slim.
As such slight discomfort, in lower back can be due to muscle pull.
It doesn't sounds to be related with medication side effects.
It is possible that you may have kidney stone, and this has caused your symptoms.
I would recommend that you visit your primary doctor for evaluation and get it managed.
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