Zantac Risks

Zantac® (ranitidine hydrochloride) is a medication available by prescription to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), erosive esophagitis, and pathological hypersecretory conditions.
Even though most people tolerate this drug well, there are risks with Zantac. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking this medication if you have liver or kidney problems, as the liver and kidneys help clear Zantac from the body.
A number of side effects have been reported with Zantac, including upset stomach, diarrhea, headache, vomiting, and rash. While most side effects do not present a risk and either do not require treatment or can be treated easily, you should seek medical attention immediately if you experience upper-right abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, or angioedema (life-threatening swelling of the throat and mouth).
(Click Zantac Side Effects and Zantac Warnings and Precautions to learn more about other risks, including other potential side effects that may occur with treatment.)
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