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Ranitidine Medication Questions

Ranitidine is a drug which blocks and/or reduces the amount of acid being produced in the stomach. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the drug's use in 1984 and it was classified as a H2 blocker. When the drug blocks the acid producing cells, there is less risk of damage to the esophagus, stomach and the duodenum. This generally leads to the healing of any ulcers and inflammation. To learn more about Ranitidine, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

How long does it take for the medicine Ranitidine to stop stomach pain?

Generally, Ranitidine peaks within 2-3 hours. The medicine works by slowing down the acid secretions in the stomach. However, if there are ulcers or any inflammation that is already present, they may take a while to heal. This means that a person may not feel complete relief for some time. There are other acid suppressors that may work better for some people such as Nexium, Pantoprazole, PPIs and Rabeprazole.

Should a person be concerned if they took an extra Ranitidine?

Case details: Took a third pill of 300 mg within 24 hours.

Adults are generally able to take up to 10 mg of this medicine per kilogram of body weight if they don't have any liver or kidney issues. This translates into 700mg per day for a person who weighs 70 kilos.

However, there have been cases where people suffering with Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome have received excessive doses of up to 5000mg. But this is usually only with pathological conditions.

In this situation, the person may not have taken a very high dose. In the future, if the person has trouble remembering if a dose was taken or not, a diary or dosage list may be beneficial.

Is a severe headache a side effect of taking Ranitidine?

Headaches have been reported as one of the lesser side effects of this drug. If the headaches are unbearable, many people request a change in medication for their gastric problems from their doctor. Some people find relief by taking acetaminophen for the headaches which can be purchased over the counter.

If a person has gastritis, would they take Ranitidine?

Ranitidine is a histamine 2-blocker that is used to reduce acid secretions in the stomach. This drug is also used to treat peptic ulcers, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and other issues that may cause heartburn.

As for using this drug for gastritis, many people use Ranitidine in combination with other medicines such as acid neutralizers and a Helicobacter pylori eradication regimen to fight the infection.

While this article may have answered a few of your questions on Ranitidine, you many have many more that are specific to your case such as the side effects it causes, dosage instructions and so on. Direct queries and concerns to the Experts. They can evaluate your case and offer information, insights and suggestions to address your problem in a way that is quick, convenient and also cost-effective.
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