Ranitidine is a from a group of drugs called Histamine 2 (H2) blockers. Ranitidine works by reducing the amount of acid that is produced in the stomach.
Ranitidine is used to help treat and prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers and is also useful in treating indigestion, heartburn, excess stomach acid and Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD or GERD) commonly known as Acid Reflux.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist have told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults (including elderly) and children 16 years of age and older:
If you take more of this medicine than you should
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine if:
Other medicines and Ranitidine
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
In particular tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
This advice is even more important if you are elderly.
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Ranitidine.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
STOP TAKING this medicine and tell your doctor immediately if you suffer from any of the following:
The following side effects may occur. Tell your doctor if you get them:
Very Rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
Rare (affects up to 1 in 1,000 people)
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed here You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this product.
If you need more advice consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
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