Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers of the stomach and intestines and prevent them from coming back after they have healed. This medication is also used to treat certain stomach and throat (oesophagus) problems (such as erosive esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease-GERD, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as cough that doesn't go away, stomach pain, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing. Ranitidine belongs to a class of drugs known as H2 blockers.
Ranitidine side effects may include chest pain, fever, feeling short of breath, coughing up green or yellow mucus easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness fast or slow heart rate problems with your vision fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash or nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-coloured stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
- Ranitidine+atazanavir- Talk to your doctor before using atazanavir together with ranitidine. Combining these medications may interfere with the absorption of atazanavir and reduce its effectiveness. You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications.
- Ranitidine+dasatinib- Talk to your doctor before using dasatinib together with ranitidine. Ranitidine can interfere with the absorption of dasatinib and reduce its effectiveness. Combining these medications is generally not recommended. You should also avoid using antacids for two hours before or two hours after taking ranitidine.
MECHANISM OF ACTION:
Ranitidine belongs to a class of drugs called H2 receptor antagonists. It acts by blocking the action of chemical called histamine on proteins called H2 receptors in the stomach and intestine which are involved in producing acid thereby decreasing acid formation.