Zantac (Ranitidine Tablets)
Zantac (Zan-tak) is a medicine which is used in a number of conditions - an example is treatment of benign gastric ulceration. Zantac contains ranitidine hydrochloride. Zantac belongs to a class of medicines called H2-receptor antagonists. This medicine works by reducing the amount of acid in your stomach. It is used to treat gastrointestinal ulcers as well as to relieve heartburn and indigestion.
In some cases, however, heartburn, indigestion and other similar symptoms may not be due to ulcers, but to other, more serious conditions. This means that treatment with Zantac could have the unwanted effect of causing a delay in your doctor diagnosing a more serious condition.
Zantac is sometimes used in addition to one or two antibiotics to treat gastrointestinal ulcers caused by H pylori bacteria. This is known as dual therapy when one antibiotic is used and triple therapy when two antibiotics are used.
This combination of medicines kills the bacteria and prevents ulcers from recurring.
Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.
The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should take. It also tells you how often you should take your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should take. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.
If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.
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