What is Ranitidine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Ranitidine OTC Zantac Zantac 300

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See also: Zantac

Ranitidine is an H2 blocker that is used in prescription strength for duodenal and gastric ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, and as part of a multidrug regimen for the eradication of H. pylori to reduce the risk of duodenal ulcer recurrence.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 405 155
Acid reflux 253 72
Heartburn 55 24
Gastritis 31 11
Food allergy 17 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 9
Moderate 10
Mild 20
None 244

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ranitidine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 4
Stomach pain 4
Abdominal bloating 3
Constipation 3
Gas pain 2
Headaches 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ranitidine

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg daily 35
150 mg daily 26
150 mg twice daily 24
300 mg twice daily 11
150mg as needed 8
300mg as needed 4
75mg as needed 3
75 mg daily 2
600 mg daily 2
150 mg every 3 months 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ranitidine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 117
Other 77
Doctor's advice 69
Course of treatment ended 41
Expense 13
Side effects too severe 13
Change in health plan coverage 9
Personal research 6
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Duration

Currently taking Ranitidine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 25

Stopped taking Ranitidine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 59
1 - 6 months 68
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 202
Usually 48
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 37
Not at all hard to take 226
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 119
Not specified 158

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ranitidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 21
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 5
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 4
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 1
Losartan (Cozaar) 1

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Patients stopped taking Ranitidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 21
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 5
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 4
Famotidine (Pepcid) 3
Rabeprazole (Aciphex) 3

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15 patient evaluations for Ranitidine

Dec 8, 2019 (Started Jul 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 8, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for heartburn)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 10, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: pre pour inot pill box take same time every day

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