Mild side effects of Ranitidine

You should know that some mild side effects are:

  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • loss of interest in sex
  • impotence
  • difficulty having an orgasm
  • tender breasts in men
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • mild stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • constipation

Ranitidine Severe side effects

Severe Ranitidine side effects require immediate termination of drug usage and urgent medical attention. Severe adverse effects of Ranitidine include:

  • hives
  • breathing problems or other allergic reactions
  • chest pain
  • fever
  • feeling short of breath
  • coughing up yellow or green mucus
  • easy bleeding or bruising
  • unusual weakness
  • fast or slow heartbeats
  • vision problems
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • severe blistering
  • peeling
  • skin rash
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
  • appetite loss
  • dark urine
  • black stools
  • jaundice

What is Ranitidine used for?

Ranitidine (known as Zantac as well) is a medication included in the category of histamine-2 blockers that helps in reducing the acid amount produced in your stomach. This medication is helpful in preventing and treating ulcers in the intestines and stomach. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) and other conditions can be treated with Ranitidine as well.

Ranitidine Interactions and Risks

  • You experience pneumonia symptoms, such as chest pain, fever, feeling short of breath or coughing up green or yellow mucus. This medication may lead to pneumonia. It is highly recommended to talk to your doctor about pneumonia risks due to Ranitidine usage.
  • You ever presented allergic reactions to Ranitidine.
  • You experience symptoms, like chest pain, heavy feeling, pain spreading to your arms and shoulder, nausea, sweating or general ill feeling. These symptoms may be the signs of a possible upcoming heart attack, thanks to Ranitidine usage. Seek for urgent medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • You are good friends with alcohol. This must be avoided during your treatment period with Ranitidine; alcohol may increase the risks of stomach damage.
  • You suffer from certain conditions that need to be reported to your doctor before starting to use Ranitidine, in order to make sure that you can safely use this medication, without any problems. These conditions include liver or kidney disorder or porphyria.
  • You are currently treating yourself with Triazolam. In this situation, you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests to take, in order to make sure that it`s safe for you to use Ranitidine along with this medication.
  • You are using some other medications that may interact with Ranitidine, including herbal/health supplement or vitamins. Show the complete list of medication you are using to your doctor, before starting to use Ranitidine.

Ranitidine and pregnancy

Ranitidine received a category B rating from the FDA and it not considered to be dangerous to the fetus. If you become pregnant or plan to become pregnant during your treatment period with Ranitidine, it`s a must to consult your healthcare provider right away.

Ranitidine and breastfeeding

Ranitidine can pass into breast milk but there is no clear evidence to prove that this medication can harm a nursing baby or not. It is not recommended to use this medication during breastfeeding without medical advice.

Ranitidine daily dosage

The recommended Ranitidine dosage for adults for treating ulcers is 150 mg daily taken twice or 300 mg daily taken once.

Be careful with overdosing; symptoms include lack of coordination, feeling light-headed or fainting.