Zantac is used for treatment of Treating and preventing ulcers. It is also used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and to treat and maintain healing of erosive esophagitis. Zantac may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by your health care provider. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Use Zantac as directed by your doctor. Take Zantac with or without a meal. Take Zantac at least 2 hours before or after taking cephalosporins (eg, cephalexin), itraconazole, ketoconazole, or quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin). Continue to use Zantac even if you feel well. Antacids may be taken as needed to help relieve stomach pain, unless your doctor instructed otherwise.
Before taking Zantac, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Zantac, if you have kidney or liver problems, frequent wheezing or chest pain, stomach pain, unexplained weight loss, chest or shoulder pain with shortness of breath, pain spreading to arm, neck, or shoulder, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting, or increased sweating, if you have a history of a certain blood problem (porphyria), have difficulty or pain swallowing food, vomiting with blood, or black or bloody stools, or you have had heartburn for longer than 3 months, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding. you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Zantac during pregnancy. Zantac is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast–feed while taking Zantac. Some medicines may interact with Zantac. Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement that you are taking. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of Zantac. Zantac is not recommended for use in children under the age of 1 month, safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are- Blurred vision, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, feeling of a whirling motion, general body discomfort, nausea, sleeplessness, stomach pain, vomiting. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately- allergic reactions (rash, hives, difficulty breathing, and tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), changes in heart rate, confusion, fever, hallucinations, irregular heartbeat, severe stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Store Zantac at 59 – 86 °F (15 – 30 °C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Zantac out of the reach of children.
If overdose is suspected seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms of Zantac overdose are- difficulty breathing, fast heartbeat, restlessness, tremor, vomiting.
Zantac may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may worsen if Zantac is taken with alcohol or certain other medications. Use Zantac with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this drug. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, contact your doctor. Zantac should be used only by the patient for whom it has been prescribed. Do not take less or more or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
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