Zantac Drug Info
Zantac® (ranitidine hydrochloride) is used to treat conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. The medicine works by blocking a specific kind of histamine receptor in the body. Zantac belongs to a class of drugs known as H2 blockers; it is sometimes referred to as an "acid reducer."
Over-the-counter (OTC) Zantac may be used for:
- Acid indigestion
- Sour stomach.
Prescription forms are used to treat conditions such as:
Information about Zantac should be carefully reviewed before you begin treatment to help ensure your safety. For example, while most people tolerate it well, this drug can cause side effects. Some of the commonly reported reactions include headache, diarrhea, and upset stomach.
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