Zantac - Uses and Side Effects

Zantac is a brand name medication containing ranitidine, a histamine-2 blocker that helps reduce the production of stomach acid. It is commonly used to treat heartburn, acid indigestion, and stomach ulcers.
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Drug
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Available by prescription and over-the-counter in pharmacies.
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Zantac FAQ


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What are the side effects of Zantac?

Zantac was an acid-suppressing agent that was used to treat a wide range of gastric-acid-related disorders, including gastric ulcers, heartburn, and GERD. Headaches were the most common side effect. Products containing ranitidine, including Zantac, were withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2020. 5. Tips

How does Zantac (ranitidine) work?

Zantac (ranitidine) belongs to a class of acid-blocking drugs called H2 blockers. The active ingredient, ranitidine, works by blocking a chemical called histamine. This reduces the amount of acid in the stomach. The drug starts to work in as little as 30 minutes.

What is Zantac used for?

It also was used to treat conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.. Zantac was also used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions in which acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing heartburn.

Does Zantac reduce stomach acid?

Due to Zantac's ability to decrease stomach acid, it was commonly used as a heartburn drug. It can reduce stomach acid by more than 70%. Prior to the recalls, Zantac was available in several forms: Zantac was sold in prescription-strength and over-the-counter (OTC) formulas. As such, the instructions for each form of Zantac varied.

What medicine is in a Zantac effervescent tablet?

The medicine in your Zantac effervescent tablets is called ranitidine (as hydrochloride). This belongs to a group of medicines called H2-antagonists. What does my Zantac do? Zantac is mostly used to: treat reflux oesophagitis (also known as reflux). These problems are caused, in part, by too much acid in the stomach.

Does Zantac have hydrochloride?

The medicine in your Zantac tablets is called ranitidine (as hydrochloride). This belongs to a group of medicines called H2-antagonists. What does my Zantac do? Zantac is mostly used to: treat reflux oesophagitis (also known as reflux). These problems are caused, in part, by too much acid in the stomach. This can lead to pain such as heartburn.

How many Zantac tablets are there?

Zantac tablets come in two strengths: Zantac 150 mg tablets are white, film-coated tablets engraved "RAN 150" on one face and plain on the other. Zantac 300 mg tablets are white capsule-shaped, film-coated tablets engraved "RAN 300" on one face and plain on the other. Pack sizes available: 150 mg - 60 tablets; 300 mg - 30 tablets.

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