Generic Name: ranitidine

Brand Names: Taladine, Zantac

Overview: Zantac works by reducing the amount of acid your stomach produces. It is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also treats conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Zantac may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Using Zantac may increase your risk of developing pneumonia. Symptoms of pneumonia include chest pain, fever, feeling short of breath, and coughing up green or yellow mucus. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk of developing pneumonia. Do not use Zantac if you are allergic to ranitidine. Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. FDA pregnancy category B. Zantac is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking Zantac, tell your doctor if you are taking triazolam (Halcion). You may not be able to use Zantac, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

Side Effects: Stop using Zantac and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Zantac: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking Zantac and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as: 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-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

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