- Ranitidine can be used in pregnancy if your doctor advices it to treat acidity or heartburn
- Do not take Ranitidine, if you are breastfeeding, unless adviced by your doctor.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is ranitidine safe?
Yes. Ranitidine (also available as rantac/ aciloc 150/ aciloc 300/ zantac) is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is ranitidine/ rantac/ aciloc/ aciloc 150 safe during pregnancy?
Studies of ranitidine in animals have shown no risk to the growing fetus; also , safety studies on humans have not resulted in significant adverse pregnancy outcome. Please follow the advice of your doctor regarding use of ranitidine during pregnancy.
Q. Is ranitidine/rantac an antacid?
No. Ranitidine does not neutralize stomach acids.
Q. Is ranitidine a PPI?
No. Ranitidine reduces acid production in the stomach and intestine by blocking H2 receptors and has no known inhibitory effect proton pumps. It is a H2 receptor antagonist, and not a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).
Q. Is ranitidine the same as omeprazole?
No. Ranitidine and omeprazole are two different drugs with similar uses but different mechanism of action. Ranitidine reduces acid production in the stomach and intestine by blocking H2 receptors; whereas, omeprazole blocks proton pumps to curb acid production.
Q. Is ranitidine better than omeprazole?
Ranitidine and omeprazole are two different drugs with similar uses but different mechanism of action and so cannot be compared.
Q. Is ranitidine over the counter?
No. Ranitidine is not an over the counter (OTC) drug. It belongs to a class of prescription drugs.
Q. What is Rantac-D plus?
Rantac-D plus is a trade name for combination of active drugs ranitidine, omeprazole and domperidone. It is used to prevent excess acid production in the stomach and small intestine and to treat vomiting or urge to vomit (nausea) caused due to indigestion, diseases or drugs.
Q. Is ranitidine gluten free?
Yes. Ranitidine is a synthetic drug and free from any protein source that can contain gluten. Please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use.