Zantac for Children
Zantac® (ranitidine hydrochloride) is a medicine approved for treating various conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Prescription Zantac is licensed to treat ulcers, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), erosive esophagitis, and pathological hypersecretory conditions. An over-the-counter version of the medication is also available to treat indigestion, heartburn, and sour stomach.
Zantac works by blocking a specific type of histamine receptor. Since histamine causes more acid to be produced in the stomach, blocking it can help reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces.
Healthcare providers can prescribe Zantac for children and babies as young as one month old. The drug is used for children and babies with GERD, ulcers, and erosive esophagitis. However, over-the-counter Zantac should not be used in young children.
(Click Zantac for more information about the effects of this medication, to learn about the various forms of Zantac for children, and to find out what side effects may occur during treatment.)