What is Ranitidine?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Over-the-counter ranitidine is an H2 blocker. It is used to prevent and treat symptoms of heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach. It decreases the amount of acid made in the stomach. Ranitidine is also available in prescription strength dosing.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 275 90
Acid reflux 156 52
Gastritis 42 15
Food allergy 21 6
Heartburn 18 8

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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
Severe 5
Moderate 4
Mild 6
None 158

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ranitidine

Side effect Patients
Abdominal bloating 2
Stomach pain 2
Chemical/venom allergy 1
Cramps in calf muscles 1
Diarrhea 1
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 1

Show all 12 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ranitidine

Dosage Patients
150 mg twice daily 34
150 mg daily 29
300 mg daily 22
150mg as needed 14
300 mg twice daily 9
75 mg daily 4
75mg as needed 3
75 mg twice daily 2
150 mg every 3 months 1
1 tablet(s) twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ranitidine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 69
Other 52
Doctor's advice 45
Course of treatment ended 31
Expense 7
Side effects too severe 7
Change in health plan coverage 5
Personal research 4
See all 188 patients who've stopped taking Ranitidine

Duration

Currently taking Ranitidine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 23

Stopped taking Ranitidine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 46
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 125
Usually 32
Sometimes 11
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 147
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 69
Not specified 100

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ranitidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 3
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 1

Patients stopped taking Ranitidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 2
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 1
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 1
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8 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

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

  • 0 helpful marks

May 11, 2015 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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