Gertac 50mg Injection

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Zydus Cadila

Composition for Gertac 50mg Injection

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₹1.5/Injection
2 ml in 1 vial
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Medicine Overview of Gertac Injection

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Uses of Gertac Injection

Gertac 50mg Injection is used in the treatment of acidity, heartburn, stomach ulcers and intestinal ulcers.
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Side effects of Gertac Injection

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Fatigue, Drowsiness, Headache, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Muscle pain.

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How to use Gertac Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Gertac Injection works

Gertac 50mg injection is an H2 blocker. It works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach which helps in relief of acid-related indigestion and heartburn.

In Depth Information on Gertac Injection

Expert advice for Gertac Injection

  • Gertac is a well tolerated and safe medicine with a very low incidence of side effects.
  • Take Gertac before going to bed if you are taking this medicine once a day as it is very effective in controlling stomach acid released in the midnight.
  • If you are also taking an antacid, take it two hours before or after taking Gertac.
  • Avoid taking soft drinks, citrus fruits like orange and lemon, which can irritate the stomach and increase acid secretion.
  • Inform your doctor if you do not feel better after taking Gertac for two weeks or 14 days as you may be suffering from some other problems.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease. Dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.
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Warnings
Special precautions for Gertac 50mg Injection
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Alcohol
CAUTION
Alcohol use can increase acid secretion, acid reflux in food
pipe causing heartburn and decreasing effect of this drug. Gertac 50mg Injection can also decrease alcohol breakdown and increase its level in blood.
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Pregnancy
PROBABLY SAFE
Gertac 50mg Injection is probably safe to use during pregnancy.

Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
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Lactation
Gertac 50mg Injection is probably safe to use during lactati
on. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
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Driving
SAFE
Gertac 50mg Injection does not usually affect your ability to drive.
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Kidney
CAUTION
Gertac 50mg Injection should be used with caution in patient
s with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Gertac 50mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Liver
CAUTION
Gertac 50mg Injection should be used with caution in patient
s with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Gertac 50mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Severely interacts with other drugs like
Nevir 200mg Tablet, Nevimune 200mg Tablet, Onitraz 100mg Capsule, Voglitab 0.3mg Tablet

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If you miss a dose of Ranitidine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions for Gertac 50mg Injection

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Q. How is Gertac different from omeprazole?
Both Gertac and omeprazole lower the amount of acid produced in the stomach. However, omeprazole is seen to be more effective in resolving heartburn in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and in healing stomach and duodenal ulcers but has a slow onset of action. On the other hand, Gertac provides quick relief and is sometimes used with omeprazole to help in relieving acidity for initial few days. However, the effect of these medicines may vary from patient to patient.
No, Gertac is not an over-the-counter product. It is a prescription medicine and is available only when prescribed by a physician.
Q. Can I take Gertac with azithromycin?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with azithromycin. Gertac may be given to lower the acid secretion caused by gastritis or stomach irritation caused by azithromycin. No drug-drug interactions or any additional harmful effects have been seen when they are used together compared to when they are used alone.
Yes, the use of Gertac can cause constipation. It is one of the common side effect seen with Gertac. Taking high fiber diet and plenty of fluids can help in relieving constipation and can also help in decreasing acidity.
Q. Can I take Gertac with prednisone?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with prednisone. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile have been when these are used together compared to when each drug is used alone.
Q. Can I take Gertac with metoprolol?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with metoprolol. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile have been reported compared to when they are used alone.
No, Gertac is not an antacid. It belongs to the class of H2 blockers (antihistamines) which decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach while antacids only neutralize the stomach acid by coating the stomach.
Gertac can help in decreasing the redness of the allergies or hives (urticaria) when used along with antihistaminics like cetirizine by narrowing the blood vessels. However, this is not an approved use of Gertac and should be used only when advised by a doctor.
Yes, Gertac does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack and it refers to the last day of that month. Do not use Gertac after the expiry date.
Q. Can I take Gertac with tramadol?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with the tramadol. Gertac may be given to lower the acid secretion caused by gastritis or stomach irritation caused by tramadol. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile has been reported compared to when they are used alone.
Yes, Gertac is an antihistaminic drug. It acts on histamine receptors in the stomach and blocks the action of a chemical messenger histamine (causes acid secretion in stomach) and hence decreases the acid production in the stomach.
Yes, Gertac is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by the doctor. However, there are some very common side effects that you can experience at the doses advised like nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and flatulence.
Q. Can I take Gertac with doxycycline?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with doxycycline. Gertac may be given to lower the acid secretion caused by gastritis or stomach irritation caused by doxycycline. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile has been reported compared to when they are used alone.
Q. How is Gertac different from lansoprazole?
Both Gertac and Lansoprazole lower acid production in the stomach. However, they work in different ways and have different effects. Lansoprazole is seen to be more effective in resolving acidity, reflux, and heartburn and rapidly heals stomach and duodenal ulcers. However, the effect of these medicines may vary from patient to patient.
Q. Which is better Gertac or cimetidine?
Gertac is three times more potent than cimetidine which means a much lower dose of Gertac gives the same effect in treating your acidity as cimetidine. Also, cimetidine is known to block the action of testosterone (male hormone) and cause side effects like gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) while these effects are not seen with Gertac.
A significant number of patients infected with Helicobacter pylori can have negative test results if they are using Gertac as it interferes with the urea breath test, which is done to identify H. Pylori infection.
Q. Can I take Gertac with Rabeprazole?
Yes, Gertac and Rabeprazole can be taken together. As Rabeprazole show its effect after some days, Gertac can be taken along with for immediate relief. No drug-drug interactions or change in side effect profile has been reported when they are used together compared to either drug alone.
Q. How is Gertac different from Rabeprazole?
Both Gertac and Rabeprazole lower acid production in the stomach. However, they work in different ways and rabeprazole is seen to be more effective in resolving acidity, reflux, and heartburn and rapidly heals stomach and duodenal ulcers. However, the effect of these medicines may vary from patient to patient.
Q. Can I take Gertac with sertraline?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with sertraline. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile has been reported compared to the effect of the individual drug when used alone.
Gertac itself does not cause glaucoma. However, there are some rare reports that Gertac can increase the intraocular pressure in patients who have glaucoma. Inform your doctor in case you have glaucoma or high intraocular pressure before taking this medicine.
Q. Can I take Gertac with steroids?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with steroids. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile has been reported compared to the effect of the individual drug when used alone.
Q. Can I take Gertac with famotidine?
Both Gertac and famotidine lower gastric acid secretion by blocking the H2 (histamine) receptor in the stomach. It is not advisable to take them together as they have a similar action and use and when used together, there could be an increased risk of side effects.
Yes, Gertac can be used for the short-term treatment of gastritis. It helps by decreasing the amount of acid released into the stomach and relieving stomach pain and acid reflux.
Yes, Gertac can be taken with vitamin B. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between this medicine and vitamin B.
Caution should be exercised when Gertac is given to patients with a liver disease like hepatitis B as it is metabolized in the liver. Gertac can be taken by a patient of hepatitis B if it is really essential and advised by a doctor. Very rare reports of hepatitis with or without jaundice have been documented in patients taking Gertac.
Long term use of Gertac can cause vitamin B12 deficiency as it decreases the acid secretion in the stomach which is required for the absorption of Vitamin B12. To prevent this deficiency, vitamin B12 may be advised by your doctor along with this medicine.
Yes, you can take Gertac with vitamin C. No drug-drug interactions or change in side effect profile has been reported when they are used together compared to either drug alone.
Yes, a patient of hepatitis C can take Gertac, however, this should be taken under medical supervision. Gertac belongs to the group of drugs called H2 blockers which have been seen to increase the risk of hepatic encephalopathy in hepatitis C patients. So, this group of medicines should be used with caution in patients with underlying liver disease.
Yes, vitamin D can be taken with Gertac. It is generally advised to be taken as a supplement as the long-term use of Gertac decreases the absorption of calcium and cause calcium deficiency leading to osteoporosis (thinning of bones) and increasing the risk of bone fractures like hip, wrist and spine fractures.
Q. Can the use of Gertac cause gastroparesis (partial paralysis of the stomach)?
No, the use of Gertac is not known to cause gastroparesis (partial paralysis of the stomach), however in case you experience signs and symptoms of gastroparesis like persistent nausea, vomiting (especially of undigested food) and abdominal pain or a feeling of fullness after eating even small amount of food, consult your doctor as it may be due to some condition that needs attention.
Q. Can the use of Gertac make you feel high?
No, Gertac does not make you feel high. However, use of Gertac can cause mental confusion, irritability, depression, though very rarely. These undesirable side effects occur usually in elderly or severely ill or kidney disease patients.
Gertac is not reported to cause high blood pressure. In case you experience high blood pressure,inform your doctor as it may need attention. Common side effects seen with Gertac include nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea.
Q. Can I use Gertac for treating warts?
No, Gertac is not used for treating warts as it is not approved for this disease condition. However, some research studies have shown that Gertac can improve the effect of medicines used for the treatment of this condition. Warts are a viral condition in which the patient has small, rough, and hard growths like raised bumps on the skin. Avoid self-medication and talk to a doctor for the right treatment of warts as it may bleed or get infected or spread to other body parts if not treated properly.
Q. Can I use Gertac for stomach pain?
Stomach pain can be due to many reasons and Gertac can help in this condition if the stomach pain is due to an underlying acid-peptic disorder.
Headache is reported as one of the common side effects of Gertac. Inform your doctor in case you experience headache for a prolonged duration while taking Gertac.
Patients using Gertac are two times more prone to develop pneumonia (infection of the lung) than the normal patients. Gertac by means of its acid suppressing ability may allow growth of bacteria in the gut which can move to the respiratory tract (lungs) following breathing. So inform your doctor if you have or a history of lung disease as your dosage may need to be adjusted.
Gertac may be used in critically ill patients to decrease stomach acid secretion and lower the risk of acid aspiration into the lungs. It also helps in decreasing stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding in these patients.
You should preferably avoid foods that cause acidity and heartburn as they would aggravate your disease condition, for example: fried foods, prepared in butter or oil, fat rich foods, tomato-based foods and juices, caffeinated drinks like cola, tea, drinks from citrus fruits like lemon water or orange juice and alcohol-containing drinks.
Yes, Gertac is effective in the treatment of reflux esophagitis. It is a disease in which stomach acid or bile irritates and inflames the lining of the food pipe. Gertac decreases the production of acid in the stomach and this can help to heal the inflamed and eroded esophagus. The efficacy is better when it is given in combination with a prokinetic agent like domperidone.
Q. Can I take Gertac with paracetamol?
Yes, you can take Gertac with paracetamol. Gertac is used to prevent paracetamol (painkillers) induced gastritis and stomach ulcers by decreasing the production of acid in the stomach. There are no clinically significant drug-drug interactions or harmful effects seen when they are used together.
Gertac may be used for multiple reasons in cancer patients. It can lower stomach acid volume in patients undergoing chemotherapy to prevent aspiration and lower the risk of stomach ulceration and bleeding. According to some studies, Gertac can potentiate white blood cell against cancer cells and can be helpful in the treatment of cancer.
Gertac is not routinely used for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is given if there is associated dyspepsia or increased stomach acid secretion. IBS is managed with a combination of antispasmodics (to relieve stomach pain), laxatives (to relieve constipation), and anti motility drugs (to relieve diarrhea).
Gertac is used for the treatment of acidity, heartburn, intestinal ulcers and stomach ulcers and can help in providing relief in nausea that may happen due to acid reflux. It is not used to treat nausea due to any other cause. Rather, nausea is one of the most common side effects of Gertac.
Q. What is the benefit of taking Gertac with pantoprazole?
Both Gertac and pantoprazole lower gastric acid secretion, however, they work by different mechanisms. If you have been advised to take pantoprazole, you can also take Gertac initially for rapid relief of heartburn and acid reflux as pantoprazole may take a few days to show its effect and provide relief.
Yes, Gertac can be taken with painkillers. Gertac can help to prevent painkillers induced gastritis and stomach ulcers by decreasing the production of acid in the stomach. Moreover, there are no clinically significant interactions of Gertac with painkillers.
Some serious side effects associated with the use of Gertac are bone marrow hypoplasia (decreased formation of blood cell components), anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reactions) sinus bradycardia (lowering of heart rate) and acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
Use of Gertac lowers the natural stomach acid which normally helps to kill bacteria. So, use of Gertac leads to overgrowth of the harmful bacteria like clostridium difficile which can cause diarrhea. This is known as clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD). Inform your doctor if you have loose stools many times in a day and for many days with stomach cramps and fever.
Gertac would be effective only if used for the right indication in the dose and for the duration as advised by the doctor. In case you do not find any change in your disease condition while taking this medicine, please talk to your doctor. Do not change the dose or stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor.
Yes, Gertac is useful for the prevention of painkiller (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug - NSAID) induced gastric ulcers. These may cause dull pain in the stomach, sudden weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting or bloating. Avoid stress and spicy foods as they can make your symptoms worse.
It is better to avoid cigarette smoking when you are taking Gertac. As studies have shown that the effectiveness of Gertac is lower in smokers compared to non-smokers. Moreover, smoking may add to gastric problems leading to more production of gastric acid.
Gertac can increase blood uric acid levels and cause gout-like symptoms like pain, redness, and inflammation of joints and cause difficulty in movement of joints. Regular monitoring of uric acid levels may be advised if you are taking this medicine for a long term.
Q. Can I take Gertac with warfarin?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with warfarin. However, they should be used with caution as there could be an increase in warfarin levels which can increase the risk of bleeding from your gums, nose, skin (unusual bruising), or gut (dark stools). Stop taking the medicine and inform your doctor if you have any of these signs or symptoms.
Q. Can I take Gertac with gabapentin?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with gabapentin. There are no reported drug interactions or harmful effects when they are used together.
Q. Can I take Gertac with cetirizine?
Yes, Gertac can be taken with cetirizine. There are no reported drug interactions or harmful effects when they are used together.
No, Gertac is not a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) as it has no known inhibitory effect on proton pumps in the stomach.
Q. Can the use of Gertac cause iron deficiency?
Yes, use of Gertac can cause iron deficiency and a decrease in hemoglobin levels as it decreases the acidic environment of the stomach needed for the absorption of iron. However, there are no recommendations on the regular monitoring of iron levels or taking iron supplements when the patient is taking Gertac but you can maintain good dietary nutrition so that no deficiency occurs.
Q. Is there any known role of Gertac before surgery?
Gertac is given as a part of pre-anesthetic medication before surgery to decrease the stomach acid secretion so that stomach acid is not aspirated into the lungs during surgery as this may complicate or delay the procedure.
Q. Does Gertac cause flatulence (gas or bloating)?
Flatulence (gas) has been reported as a common side effect of Gertac. Although it would be mild to moderate in nature and it goes away once you stop taking Gertac.
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