Zantac Product Description
Zantac belongs to the pharmacotherapeutic class, known as anti-secretory agents. Therapeutic Zantac doses allow controlling the intragastric pH, volume and chemical activity of gastric juice. Zantac tablets of 25mg and 75mg are used for preventing heartburn, associated with the consumption of foods and beverages. Higher doses of Zantac are prescribed for:
- Short-term active ulcers treatment of various intestine parts (usually, for a period of 4-8 weeks);
- Long-term maintenance therapy after the healing of the mucous layer lesions in the stomach (up to 12 months);
- Prophylaxis of Mendelson's syndrome, stress ulceration and recurrent bleeding;
- Relieving pain, discomfort and other symptoms of excessive stomach acid.
Zantac dosing schedule can vary significantly. The most commonly prescribed dose is one 150mg tablet every 12 hours, or one 300 mg tablet before bedtime. Treatment of severe stomach illness may require a dose increase to three 150mg tablets at regular intervals.
Ideally, Zantac doses should be evenly distributed during the day and taken at the same time daily. This helps maintaining a constant blood level of active substance. The patient should not double the next dose, if the previous one was missed.
One Zantac pill allows controlling the secretion of the cells, which line the surface of the stomach, for up to 12 hours. The efficacy and safety profile of Zantac is proven by variety of post-marketing studies, so this anti-secretory agent may be recommended for long-term use.
Zantac tablets (capsules) should be kept dry and protected from bright light and moisture, at room temperature under 30°C.
Zantac Safety Information
People with one or more of the following conditions should not take the anti-secretory agent Zantac without consulting a health care provider:
- Drug treatment of any disease;
- Rapid reduction in body weight;
- Use of analgesics and antipyretics;
- Gradual function loss of lungs, kidneys and liver;
- Diabetes and other metabolic disorders;
- Symptoms progression of the gastrointestinal diseases.
The information on ulcer treatment and healing, published in Zantac review, is presented in summary form only, and is not intended to replace the medical advice of a gastroenterologist. The online pharmacy will not be held responsible for misuse of information about Zantac, and any adverse effects, arising from the use of Zantac review instead of consulting a general practitioner (GP).
Zantac Side Effects
Zantac is usually well tolerated, and its adverse reactions are minor and disappear quickly. Only 1% of patients wanted to stop taking the drug because of such adverse reactions, as: headache, costiveness, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, abdominal discomfort/pain, rash and fever.
The elderly and seriously ill patients often report about such adverse reactions, as reversible mental confusion, agitation, depression, hallucinations and reversible involuntary movement disorders. However, the majority of these adverse reactions are reversible and minor.
Very rare reports were received on reversible blurred vision, arrhythmia, hepatic failure, joint pain, muscle pain, vasculitis, gynaecomastia, and galactorrhoea. Histamine H2-receptor antagonist Zantac is relatively safe, and is sold without a prescription.