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 1176 160
Acid reflux 297 75
Gastritis 145 11
Food allergy 81 5
Chronic idiopathic hives 73 2
Heartburn 67 24

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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 252

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 18
150 mg daily 16
300 mg twice daily 9
150 mg twice daily 8
75 mg twice daily 2
150mg as needed 2
75 mg daily 1
150 mg three times daily 1
600 mg daily 1
600 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ranitidine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 123
Other 85
Doctor's advice 77
Course of treatment ended 45
Expense 14
Side effects too severe 14
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 8
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Duration

Currently taking Ranitidine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Ranitidine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 59
1 - 6 months 67
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 57
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 208
Usually 48
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 38
Not at all hard to take 233
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 6
< $25 124
Not specified 160

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ranitidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 23
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 5
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 5
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 2
Losartan (Cozaar) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ranitidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 33
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 8
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 8
Famotidine (Pepcid) 7
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 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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