Zantac with generic name Ranitidine is used primarily to reduce hyperacidity in gastrointestinal organs. Because of this, it is prescribed in a number of illnesses caused by high acidity such as ulcers of the stomach or intestines, and other similar conditions.
Zantac, when taken orally, is 50% absorbed by the patient, regardless if it is in syrup or effervescent tablet form. It will also not lose its effectiveness despite being taken with other antacids. Studies have established that Zantac is most effective on a number of gastric acidity secretion stimulants such as basal, betazole and nocturnal. It has no effect on pepsin-induced hyperacidity, as well as pentagastrin and seru gastrin.
It was found to be more effective in hyperacidity cases than placebo for the maintenance healing of gastric or peptic ulcers and GERD. It also promotes faster healing of duodenal ulcers.
Zantac also causes the common side effects as other anti-hyperacidity drugs. The most common is dizziness, hence, patient is prohibited to drive or operate any other machinery until he can assess properly how his body reacts to the anti-hyperacidity drug. Also, extra caution must be taken when administering it to elderlies and children since they are more sensitive to the side effects.