General Information On Zantac Syrup
Zantac Syrup is used to treat and prevent relapse of ulcers in the stomach and intestines caused by excess acid in the stomach. It is also used to treat hypersecretory conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Ranitidine, the main active ingredient in Zantac Syrup, is a h2 receptor blocker. It blocks the action of Histamine which leads to reduced production of acid in the stomach. This action of the drug helps in healing ulcers caused by excess acid and reduces irritation of the esophagus.
You may buy Zantac Syrup online as it is also available without a prescription. However, the medication should not be used for more than two weeks if you are buying it without consulting your doctor.
Side effects of Zantac Syrup
You should not buy Zantac Syrup if you are hypersensitive to any ingredient in it. The drug may not be the right medicine for people with medical problems such as kidney problems, immune system problems, liver problems, stomach problems (such as tumors) or lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma).
Before starting the treatment, inform the doctor if you have: pain spreading to the neck/arms/shoulders, jaw/shoulder pain (especially with breathing trouble), dizziness/lightheadedness/sweating, or unexplained weight loss.
Zantac Syrup may cause mild to severe side effects or allergic reactions in some people. Less serious side effects are: dizziness, diarrhea, constipation, and headache. These side effects wane as your body gets used to the medication.
Severe side effects that must be reported to the doctor immediately are: blurred vision, severe abdominal/stomach pain, enlarged breasts, mood changes (confusion, hallucinations, agitation, depression) easy bruising/bleeding, slow/fast/irregular heartbeat, severe tiredness, dark urine, signs of infection (persistent sore throat, fever, cough), or yellowing of the skin/eyes.
Allergic reactions associated with use of Zantac Syrup are: rashes, severe dizziness, swelling/itching of the throat/tongue/face, or trouble breathing. Stop using the medication and consult your doctor immediately if you notice or experience any allergic reaction after using Zantac Syrup.
Zantac Syrup is listed as a category B pregnancy drug. Therefore pregnant women, nursing mothers and women planning to get pregnant should talk to their doctor and learn about the risks and benefits of using the drug. They should buy Zantac Syrup only if the benefits of using the drug clearly outweigh the risks.
Dosage of Zantac Syrup
The dosage of Zantac Syrup depends on the medical condition being treated. The recommended Zantac Syrup dose to treat active duodenal ulcers is 10 mL (equivalent to 2 teaspoons) twice daily. The maintenance dose recommended for healing duodenal ulcers is 10mL at bedtime.
The recommended dose to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is 10mL 2 times daily. Some patients may require frequent doses. In these circumstances, the dosage may also be adjusted as per individual needs. You can take the medication with or without food.
Zantac Syrup may potentially interact with other medicines you are using and cause side effects. Before you buy Zantac Syrup, inform the doctor if you are using medicines such as NSAIDs, medicines containing Aspirin, Phenytoin, Metoprolol, Dasatinib, Atazanavir, Triazolam, Delavirdine, Glipizide, Gefitinib, Raltegravir, and specific azole antifungals such as Ketoconazole.
To reduce the risk of drug interactions, inform the doctor about the prescription medications, over the counter drugs, and herbal supplements you are using before starting treatment.