Randitidine (Zantac)

The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.

Randitidine (Zantac) blocks the H2 histamine receptors.

Common Uses:

  • To treat and prevent ulcers
  • To treat ulcers caused by NSAIDs usage
  • To treat reflux esophagitis
  • To treat esophageal reflux disease
  • To treat Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients
  • You are pregnant or nursing

Consult your doctor when

  • Your child has medical problems, especially problems in the kidneys, urinary tract and liver\
  • Your child is taking other medications
  • Your child has food allergies
  • Your child is taking the medication in the syrup form – which contains 7.5% alcohol

How should I store the medication?
Store the medication in a cool, dark place, in a tightly closed container . Keep out of reach of children.

Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Follow the instructions and administration times as set by your physician. If your child is taking tablets – wait 2 hours between taking the drugs and taking antacids. Do not crush or chew the tablets. If your child is taking syrup – do not dilute or mix with other drinks.

What should I do if I forget to administer the medication on time?
If you forget to administer the medication on time, give it immediately when you remember. If it is close to the next to the next dose, skip the forgotten dose. Do not give two doses together to make up for a skipped dose.

When can I stop giving the medication to my child?
Finish the round as instructed by your doctor. Even if your child feels better, do not end treatment without consulting your doctor.

Side effects
Side effects include headaches, joint aches, muscle pain, kidney problems, depression, hallucinations, shaking. Males may experience growth in their chest area.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child's condition worsens
  • Your child experiences severe side effects such as liver infection, irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness, hair loss, diarrhea, severe stomach aches, shortness of breath, drowsiness, recurring infections, blurred vision
  • Your child has an allergic reaction, especially if the reaction is anaphylactic

If your child smokes – please tell the doctor prior to beginning treatment.

Taking Zantac can affect laboratory tests for proteins in urine, increase the level of SGPT in the blood and release stomach acids.

If your child is taking Zantac with Non-steroidal anti-rheumatic drugs, he needs to be monitored.