What are Ranitidine 150mg Tablets?
Ranitidine 150mg Tablets are used in the treatment of heartburn and indigestion. The tablets contain the active ingredient ranitidine hydrochloride.
Your doctor may also prescribe Ranitidine 150mg Tablets to treat a variety of other conditions, including: stomach ulcers and associated bleeding caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or surgical procedures; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); and, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Ranitidine is type of histamine-2 (H2) blocker, which prevents your stomach from producing excess stomach acid.
How do Ranitidine 150mg Tablets work?
Indigestion and heartburn generally occur when stomach acid comes into contact with the sensitive tissue that lines your oesophagus or another part of your digestive system.
This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including: a burning sensation, nausea, bloatedness, vomiting and excessive belching. Ranitidine 150mg Tablets can be used to alleviate these symptoms.
In other cases, H. pylori bacteria or other irritants may weaken the stomach lining, potentially leading to an ulcer. Ranitidine 150mg Tablets can be used to create a suitable environment in which NSAIDs can take effect and enable the ulcer to heal.
Ranitidine 150mg Tablets can also be used to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (which causes your stomach to produce too much acid) and GERD.
This form of medication belongs to a group known as H2 blockers and works by reducing the amount of acid produced within your stomach.
These tablets should start relieving symptoms of indigestion and heartburn within one hour of taking them. Ranitidine 150mg Tablets also act fast when used to treat other conditions, but they may need to stay present in your system for longer to enable tissues to heal.
Ranitidine 150mg Tablets can be purchased online or over the counter for use in treating milder conditions, such as indigestion or heartburn. Your doctor may prescribe a longer course and/or higher dosage to treat the other conditions described above.
How to use Ranitidine 150mg Tablets
- Ranitidine 150mg Tablets should be taken whole alongside a drink of water
- The tablets should always be taken according to the instructions from your doctor or pharmacist
- Your doctor or pharmacist will work out the dosage and frequency with which you should take these tablets based on the type and severity of the condition being treated
- Tablets purchased over-the-counter should be taken according to the instructions from the pharmacist or contained in the packaging (which will normally advise you to take one tablet 1-2 times per day)
- The tablets should be taken 30-60 mins before food to prevent symptoms of heartburn/indigestion. However, they can be taken with or without food.
- If heartburn/indigestion symptoms continue for more than one hour after taking Ranitidine 150mg Tablets, or if symptoms return after you take the tablet, another tablet can be taken
- If you forget to take a dose, have the next one as soon as you remember (unless the next dose is almost due in which case you should skip the missed dose and take the next one as normal)
- Never take a double dose to make up for a mixed dose and contact your doctor if you think you have taken more than the recommended dose
- Avoid taking more than four Ranitidine 150mg tablets in a 24-hour period
- Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Ranitidine 150mg Tablets continuously for a period of one week
- Should your symptoms persist for longer than two weeks, consult your doctor
- When used to treat stomach ulcers, your doctor may prescribe a course of treatment lasting up to two months
- Your doctor may also recommend that you take Ranitidine 150mg Tablets on a long-term basis to prevent ulcers returning
- For Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, your doctor is likely to recommend that you start with a dose of 150mg three times per day, to be increased as required
- If you are on a course of diclofenac or another anti-inflammatory medication, your doctor may also prescribe Ranitidine 150mg Tablets for the duration of this treatment
- Store these tablets in a cool, dry space, away from children
What dosages are available for Ranitidine 150mg Tablets?
Each 150mg Tablet contains 150mg of the active ingredient ranitidine as ranitidine hydrochloride.
You can also find this medication as an oral solution, solution for injection (both in various dosages) or as an effervescent tablet.
What are the side effects of Ranitidine 150mg Tablets?
Ranitidine 150mg Tablets are relatively safe. If you do experience side effects, these are unlikely to be severe and should only be temporary.
Side effects which have been commonly reported include: nausea; stomach pain; constipation; diarrhoea; headaches; and, dizziness.
Rare side effects include: skin rashes; altered liver functionality test results; elevated plasma creatinine; and, hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. fever, chest pain, urticaria, hypotension, angioneurotic oedema or bronchospasm). Aside from hypersensitivity reactions, these effects are usually mild and stop after the course of treatment has concluded.
In very rare cases, you might experience: anaphylactic shock; severe headaches and/or dizziness; confusion, depression or hallucinations; involuntary muscle movements; blurred vision; temporary impotence; breast conditions (including galactorrhoea and gynaecomastia); vasculitis; acute pancreatitis; alopecia (hair loss); hepatitis; changes in your blood count; and, musculoskeletal conditions, such as myalgia and arthralgia.
Ranitidine 150mg Tablets are thought to increase your chances of developing pneumonia, although certain groups are at greater risk of this. Speak to your doctor about this risk before you start treatment, or if you notice symptoms such as fever, chest pain, shortness of breath or increased amounts of green/yellow mucus.
The following are signs that you may be allergic to Ranitidine 150mg Tablets: breathing difficulties, hives and swelling to the face, mouth, tongue or throat. If you consume too many tablets you may experience reduced co-ordination, light-headedness or fainting. Contact your doctor immediately in either of these cases.
What are the precautions/interactions of Ranitidine 150mg Tablets?
The risks posed by Ranitidine 150mg Tablets in relation to interaction with other medications are relatively low. However, it is always best to tell your doctor or consult with your pharmacist about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter or herbal remedies).
If you need to take a painkiller alongside Ranitidine 150mg Tablets, you should use paracetamol or co-codamol. Ibuprofen, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory painkillers can exacerbate the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.
You should also avoid Ranitidine 150mg Tablets (unless prescribed) if you have kidney/liver disease or porphyria.
If you are using the following medicines, you should consult your doctor before using Ranitidine 150mg Tablets as they may reduce the absorption of these medications making them less effective:
- dipyridamole (immediate-release forms)
Ranitidine 150mg Tablets can be taken at the same time as antacid or raft-forming medication (such as 'Gaviscon'), but H2 antagonists (e.g. famotidine) and proton pump inhibitors (e.g. omeprazole) should be avoided unless prescribed by a doctor.
No adverse reactions have been reported that should prevent you from using Ranitidine 150mg Tablets while driving or operating heavy machinery. However, you should avoid such activities if you experience any side effects such as dizziness.
These tablets are also not known to react with alcohol. However, it is best to avoid alcohol consumption for the duration of treatment as it could exacerbate your symptoms.
This medication is not recommended for children under the age of 16, pregnant or breastfeeding mothers unless deemed necessary by a medical professional.
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to ranitidine. Consult your doctor and use with caution if you have kidney/liver disease or porphyria.
Your doctor is likely to recommend a lower dosage (often administered as an oral solution) for children aged 12 and under. You should always seek medical advice before using this medication in children of this age group.
The active ingredient in these tablets is known to cross the placenta and absorb into breast milk. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should seek medical advice before taking these tablets and only use if considered essential by a doctor.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to ranitidine or any of the other ingredients. If you experience an allergic reaction seek urgent medical help at the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital.
If your symptoms persist for more than two weeks, consult your doctor.
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