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 404 148
Acid reflux 251 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 237

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 38
150 mg twice daily 34
150 mg daily 30
300 mg twice daily 12
150mg as needed 4
300mg as needed 3
75mg as needed 3
600 mg daily 2
150 mg every 3 months 1
75 mg daily 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 74
Doctor's advice 70
Course of treatment ended 41
Expense 13
Side effects too severe 13
Change in health plan coverage 9
Personal research 5
See all 283 patients who've stopped taking Ranitidine

Duration

Currently taking Ranitidine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 40
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 24

Stopped taking Ranitidine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 59
1 - 6 months 67
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 42
2 - 5 years 50
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 196
Usually 48
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 15
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 219
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 113
Not specified 157

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

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ranitidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 21
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 5
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 4
Rabeprazole (Aciphex) 3
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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16 patient evaluations for Ranitidine

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 29, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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