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Millwoods Acupuncture Center
102, 2603 Hewes Way
Edmonton AB,   Canada

Phone: (780) 466-8683



Data source: http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/drug_info_details.asp?brand_name_id=28

How does Apo-Ranitidine work? What will it do for me?

Ranitidine belongs to the class of medications called H2-antagonists. Ranitidine is used to reduce the amount of acid secreted by the stomach in order to reduce ulcer and heartburn pain or to assist in healing of ulcers and damage caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Ranitidine is also used to prevent ulcers in certain circumstances and to treat a condition associated with large amounts of stomach acid secretion known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

What side effects are possible with Apo-Ranitidine?

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your health professional. They may be able to help you to deal with some of the effects.

The following side effects may go away as your body becomes used to the medicine; check with your doctor if the following side effects continue or become bothersome.

Less common or rare

*                     constipation

*                     decreased sexual ability

*                     decrease in sexual desire

*                     diarrhea

*                     difficult urination

*                     dizziness

*                     drowsiness

*                     dryness of mouth or skin

*                     headache

*                     increased or decreased urination

*                     increased sweating

*                     loss of hair

*                     ringing or buzzing in ears

*                     runny nose

*                     swelling of breasts or breast soreness (women and men)

*                     trouble sleeping

Contact your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

*                     abdominal pain

*                     back, leg, or stomach pain

*                     bleeding or crusting sores on lips

*                     blistering, burning, redness, scaling, or tenderness of skin

*                     blisters on palms of hands and soles of feet

*                     changes in vision or blurred vision

*                     confusion

*                     coughing or difficulty swallowing

*                     dark-coloured urine

*                     dizziness

*                     fainting

*                     fast, pounding, or irregular hearbeat

*                     fever or chills

*                     flu-like symptoms

*                     general feeling of discomfort or illness

*                     hives

*                     inflammation of blood vessels

*                     joint pain

light-coloured stools

*                     mental depression, nervousness, or severe mental illness

*                     mood or mental changes, including anxiety, agitation, confusion, or hallucinations

*                     muscle cramps or aches

*                     nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite

*                     pain

*                     peeling or sloughing of skin

*                     red or irritated dyes

*                     shortness of breath

*                     skin rash or itching

*                     slow heartbeat

*                     sore throat

*                     sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips, mouth, tongue, or eyelids

*                     swelling of hands or feet

*                     swollen or painful glands

*                     tightness in chest

*                     troubled breathing

*                     unusual bleeding or bruising

*                     unusual tiredness or weakness

*                     unusually slow or irregular breathing

*                     wheezing

              yellow eyes or skin

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.

Are there any other precautions or warnings for Apo-Ranitidine?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Kidney function: In cases of impaired kidney function, the ranitidine dose should be reduced as recommended by your doctor.

Pregnancy: The safety of ranitidine for use by pregnant women has not been established. This medication is recommended for use during pregnancy only if absolutely necessary.

Breast-feeding: Ranitidine passes into breast milk. Speak to your doctor about the risks and benefits of breast-feeding while using this medication.

Children: Experience with ranitidine use by children is limited. However, it has been used successfully by children aged 8 to 18 years in oral (by mouth) doses up to 150 mg twice daily.