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Zantac

Zantac is a brand of medicine that’s used for the treatment of various conditions that affect the stomach and throat. It contains ranitidine – a drug that works by reducing the amount of acid the stomach produces.

Zantac can help to treat conditions such as stomach ulcers and GORD amongst some others, which are usually characterised by heartburn, nausea stomach pain and acid reflux as well as some other symptoms.

It’s a medicine that’s generally well-tolerated and can be taken by children as well as adults if needed. Effects can be felt within a few days of starting treatment and it can be taken for a few weeks, months or more if your doctor deems it necessary.

Prices start from £26.00 for 30 tablets

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What is Zantac?

Zantac is a brand of medicine that contains the generic ingredient, ranitidine. It’s prescribed for the treatment of carious stomach and throat conditions such as:

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Intestinal ulcers
  • Erosive oesophagitis
  • Gastro oesophegal reflux disease (GORD)
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Most of these conditions are caused by excessive acid in the stomach. This happens as your stomach responds to the production of histamine. Using Zantac can decrease the amount of acid produced in your stomach and helps the irritated and swollen areas to heal. It can therefore reduce symptoms such as:

  • a persistent cough
  • stomach pain
  • heartburn
  • difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)

How do I know if I need to take Zantac?

You may have been diagnosed with a condition already, or you might suspect that you’re suffering with a stomach ulcer, GORD, or any other condition. Some of the most common symptoms of stomach and throat conditions are:

  • Stomach Ulcer: burning or gnawing pain in central abdomen, indigestion, heartburn, nausea
  • GORD: heartburn, acid reflux, oesophagitis, bad breath, bloating, belching, nausea, pain/difficulty swallowing.

If you think you might be suffering with either of the conditions above but haven’t been diagnosed yet, make an appointment with your doctor who may prescribe Zantac after doing a few tests to make sure nothing else is causing your symptoms.

Can I take Zantac?

Zantac is a drug that’s well-tolerated by most people, but in certain circumstances, it might not be the most appropriate treatment or may make some symptoms worse. You should talk to your doctor if you think you need to take Zantac but have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions or health issues:

  • stomach cancer
  • porphyria
  • kidney problems
  • over 65
  • lung disease
  • diabetes
  • any issues with your immune system
  • allergic to ranitidine or any other ingredients
  • if you need to adopt a low calcium or low salt diet
  • if you have a fructose intolerance or can’t have some other sugars
  • phenylketonuria

You might also be advised to stop taking Zantac for a couple of weeks if you’re due to have an endoscopy to find out what’s causing your symptoms. This is because Zantac can mask some of the problems that the doctors will be looking for and might lead to a misdiagnosis of your condition.

Does Zantac interact with anything?

Unfortunately, there are some medicines that might not react well with zantac, meaning that they might not work as they should, increase the risk of side effects, or affect how ranitidine works. If you take any of the medicines on this following list, please ask advice from your doctor or pharmacist on whether it’s safe for you to start treatment with Zantac:

  • NSAIDs (anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and naproxen)
  • Lidocaine
  • Propranolol
  • Phenytoin
  • Warfarin
  • Atazonavir
  • Riazolom
  • Ketoconazole
  • Midazolam
  • Procainamide
  • N-acetyl procainamide
  • Diazepam
  • Theophylline
  • Glipizide
  • Delaviridine
  • Gefitnib
  • Sucralfate

It might be safe for you to take Zantac depending on the dosage and frequency of the other medicines you take, but your pharmacist will want to ask some questions to make sure taking Zantac is the best thing for your overall health.

How long do I need to take Zantac for?

This completely depends on your condition and the severity of your symptoms. Some people will only need to take Zantac for a few weeks, and others need it for a few months or more. However, if you find that you’re relying on Zantac without knowing what’s causing the problem, it’s a good idea to get referred for an endoscopy to find out if anything more permanent can be done.

How long does Zantac take to work?

You should feel the benefits of ranitidine within a few days. However, don’t stop taking the medicine without advice from a doctor, as if you start to feel better and then stop treatment, the condition causing your symptoms may come back.

How should I take Zantac?

Zantac comes in tablet form, syrup form, and as an injection (though the latter is usually only administered in hospitals).

The tablets should be swallowed whole with water, with or without food, whilst the syrup can be ingested without a drink.

The amount you take will depend in your condition. Some people only need one or two doses a day whilst others will need more. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice on how much to take based on your symptoms.

Serious overdose is only known when you take several pills at once. In this event, please call 999.

What are the side effects of Zantac?

Zantac doesn’t produce many side effects, but some people might experience some gastrointestinal discomfort due to the nature of how the medicine works. However, the side effects are usually only mild if you experience them at all. The symptoms to look out for are:

  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash

More side effects are listed in the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication as we’ve only listed the most commonly experienced ones here.

It’s also important to know that like many medicines, Zantac can cause an allergic reaction. If you notice any symptoms such as a tight chest, shortness of breath and wheezing, stop taking the medicine straight away and call 999.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Advice on Addiction and Medication Restrictions

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    Zantac Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
    Zantac 150mg 30 Tablets £26.00
    Zantac 300mg 60 Tablets £26.00

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    The following delivery methods are currently available within the UK: All orders are sent in discreet, plain packaging.

    UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

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    DPD Next Day Delivery, by 12 Noon, £9.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

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    If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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    DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

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    If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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    If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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    Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

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    DPD Saturday Delivery, by 10:30am, £29.99

    Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am Saturday

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    Active ingredient: Ranitidine Hydrochloride
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