ranitidine effervescent - oral, Zantac (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking ranitidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other H2 histamine blockers (e.g., cimetidine, famotidine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain blood disorder (porphyria).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: immune system problems, kidney problems, liver problems, lung problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), other stomach problems (e.g., tumors).Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition. Tell your doctor immediately if you have: chest pain or shoulder/jaw pain (especially with shortness of breath), heartburn combined with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, pain spreading to arms/neck/shoulders, unexplained weight loss.This medicine may contain aspartame. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition where intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine) must be restricted, consult the doctor or pharmacist regarding the safe use of this medicine.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for side effects while using this drug. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially confusion and dizziness.Ranitidine should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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