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Roxatidine

INFORMATION

Uses

Roxatidine is used in the treatment of acidity, heartburn, intestinal ulcers and stomach ulcers.

How it works

Roxatidine lowers the acid production in the stomach.

Common side effects

Allergic skin rash, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Headache

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Expert advice

  • The Roxatidine can be taken with or without food.
  • Roxatidine is very effective in controlling stomach acid release in the midnight, so it is better to take Roxatidine before going to bed.
  • Take Roxatidine for the entire prescribed duration of the treatment, even if you begin to feel better
    If you are taking an antacid, take it 2 hours before or after the Roxatidine.
  • Avoid drinking soft drinks, citrus products like orange and lemon, which irritate the stomach.
  • Quit smoking or at least do not smoke after taking the medicine, as it tends to decrease the effect of Roxatidine by increasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking the Roxatidine, as it increases the blood alcohol level.
  • Some laboratory tests may be affected by Roxatidine. Notify your doctor that you are taking this medicine before you have any tests for skin allergies or tests to determine how much acid your stomach produces.
  • Patients with kidney disease may need to take a lower dose.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)