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I suffer with heartburn and acid indigestion usually when I eat late at night and don't give my food time to digest properly before settling down for the evening. My symptoms include a burning pain in my chest and small amounts of an acid type liquid which regurgitates into my throat and which tastes awful. I find that at times the pain hurts even when I am breathing and this is when I know I need to reach for the Gaviscon tablets. These Zantac tablets were recommended to me by a friend so I thought I would give them a try.
The packet I am currently using contains 16 tablets but they also come in a pack of 24 and 32. I paid £2.25 for these from Tesco which I think is a good price for them. The active ingredients are 250mg sodium alginate, 133.5mg sodium hydrogen carbonate and 80mg calcium and they do not contain sugar or gluten so are suitable for a lot of people.
These tables are supposed to form a raft over the stomach contents which prevents acid coming back up into the oesophagus. They are very sweet to the taste and do taste a bit artificial but I find the taste very pleasant. The tablets are easily released from a foil backing. You can suck the tablets or crunch them straight away. If you do suck the tablets they get soft and when you start to chew them they melt into a foamy soft consistency and are then easy to swallow. I find that within half an hour of taking them and often much sooner my symptoms start to fade and I can feel the relief.
You can have two to four tablets after meals and before bedtime up to four times a day but I find that one or two tablets seem to do the trick for me. They are not suitable for children under 12 unless taken on medical advice but I wouldn't think that many children would suffer with these symptoms.
I would suggest that if you experience heartburn and related symptoms on a regular basis or if these tablets don't make any difference you should seek medical advice straight away as I think that these tablets are more for occasional sufferers. I consider myself to fall within the occasional sufferer category and these tablets really do work for me.
The reason I decided to write a review on the Zantac 75 is because as someone who quite often suffers from indigestion and heartburn, and has tried many different alternatives, I have found the Zantac 75 not only to work but to be much more pleasant to use! Personally, I really cannot use any type of drinking indigestion remedies (such as Gaviscon or Pepto Bismol), I find them extremely sickly to the point where I start gagging. The same goes for the chalk like tablets that you must chew or suck, and most indigestion remedies I find come in this form (Rennies or Gaviscon). So for me, the Zantac 75 tablets, which must be swallowed with water are the perfect alternative.
The Zantac 75 Relief tablets come in a pack of 12 and can be bought from Boots for £3.39 or online for similar prices. I believe that you can also buy these in a bigger pack, but I have only seen the 12 pack in Boots. The Zantac 75 tablets contain the active ingredient ranitidine, which is a type of medicine called an H2 receptor antagonist. Ranitidine acts in the stomach to decrease the production of stomach acid (I will not bother explaining how exactly ranitidine works as we are not really on this website for pharmacy lessons). Anyway, by reducing the production of stomach acid, ranitidine helps relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.
One Zantac 75 tablet should be swallowed whole with a glass of water as soon as you have symptoms. If symptoms persist for more than one hour, or return, you may take another tablet. You must however not take more than 4 tablets in 24 hours. Also, these are only suitable for those of the age of 16 or over. I have found that within and hour of taking one of these tablets, my indigestion or heartburn will usually disappear and never yet returned the same day. In conclusion, I would really recommend these to people who detest indigestion remedies in liquid or chewy form.
Way back in the early 80s my father suffered a gastric ulcer and was put on a brand new drug called Zantac made by Glaxo. It worked wonders for him and became one of the biggest selling prescription drugs by the end of the 1980s. Many years later the product became available for buying over the counter in pharmacies and I have kept a packet handy ever since.
Zantac 75 Relief are sold OTC in various sizes bur the 48 pack costs about £12. This is very expensive but I find the packet last us for ages as you don't need to use many at a time and the shelf life of the packs I buy are usually at least 3 or 4 years.
The tablets are supplied in foil strips inside a predominantly white box with blue writing and a blue and red picture. I have never found the box very striking and even when I am working I have trouble spotting them on a shelf as they are not very eye-catching at all. They are available in smaller sizes than the one that I buy; I think there are 12s and 24s.
These tablets are marketed for relieving heartburn and indigestion. Ranitidine is a H2-receptor antagonist which means that it stops excessive acid production by the stomach. It is also very selective so does not produce many side-effects. Many indigestion and heartburn symptoms are caused by acid in the stomach and also acid from the stomach pushing up, past the sphincter at the top of the stomach causing pain known as reflux. When reflux is very severe or occurring a lot at night it can cause a nasty taste in the mouth as well as the pain.
These tablets are not suitable for people under the age of 16 without a prescription. The dose for adults is one tablet taken with water as soon as symptoms appear. If there is little or no relief after one dose then another tablet can be taken after at least an hour. The maximum dose in 24 hours is two tablets.
I never suffered from indigestion until I became pregnant and then I suffered dreadful reflux and indigestion. I gulped my way through bottles of Gaviscon at the time but I have been left with a tendency to suffer odd bouts of indigestion ever since. (To save any confusion I will point out that Zantac are not suitable to be taken during pregnancy except on a Drs Advice.) I tend to suffer when I have eaten a richer diet than normal and my husband tends to suffer if he has drunk alcohol several times during a week.
The tablets are a pretty pale pink in colour and are shaped rather like a shield which makes them very distinctive. They are film coated so have no flavour and are small enough that they can be swallowed easily with water. My daughter, who is 17, tends to suffer heartburn when stressed about exams and she is the worlds worst at taking tablets but she even manages to swallow these without too much trouble.
I usually find that I can start to feel the effects within about half an hour. The manufacturers state that they start to work within 20 minutes but I think that is rather hopeful. If I managed to catch the symptoms early, that is when they are just starting to niggle then I find one tablet is adequate but if I have left it longer I will often take the double dose. This normally stops all of the symptoms and I don't have to take any the following day as my symptoms do not reappear. Whilst my daughter is doing her exams I tend to give her one tablet twice a day for a couple of days to make sure that the distressing symptoms don't come back. If you know that a meal or alcohol intake will start your symptoms then it is recommended that you take one about 20 minutes before you start o indulge to help- prevent the symptoms developing. I must say that when I was a pharmacy student (many years ago) I used to take one of these along with a couple of paracetamol and a pint of water as soon as I got home from a heavy drinking session and I never suffered hang-overs or queasiness in the mornings so they obviously did me some good!
My husband has always suffered more than me and he will often end up taking them for a couple of days, especially over the Christmas period or when we are on holiday. The manufacturers state that you can take them for up to 6 days if required but if symptoms persist for longer than this then you should visit a Dr as the effectiveness of these can mask the beginning of serious conditions such as gastric ulcers which may need stronger treatment.
We are a basically healthy family so these tablets are suitable for us but there are quite a range of people who should not use them without a Drs advice. Diabetics, people with liver or kidney problems, older people who suddenly start getting new symptoms or any patient with sudden weight loss or chronic stomach pain. These can be indicators of more serious problems that general indigestion and should be investigated. If you are taking warfarin or other anticoagulants or Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories you should speak to the pharmacist first too.
Zantac is like any other drug in that it has a list of side-effects but it is generally well-tolerated and none of us have ever had any problem taking it but you should always read the leaflet in the box just in case.
I would recommend these to anyone who suffers from annoying indigestion. I have tried things like Rennies and although they do offer some relief I find that it is the long-acting nature of Zantac that makes it a much better treatment. Once I have taken my dose I can forget about it and I can be confident that the symptoms won't come back. Although expensive to buy I find I may only take a couple of tablets a month whereas I used to take far more of the ordinary indigestion relief tablets so I am sure it is probably quite cost effective for me.
I like a little drinky me, I'd like a little curry, and Chinese too if I had the dosh, but the drinky alone... well may be also a little eating at the wrong time of night, plus stress does cause quite spectacular indigestion now and then. The sort that feels like a fiery gauntlet ripping through your sternum and crushing your heart... I've had it checked it is just indigestion.
Normally I reach for the Gaviscon, no matter what flavour it's still pretty foul, but it does a really good job. A week or so ago after a particularly heavy night drowning my sorrows with the boys I was horrified to find we were out of Gaviscon. I rooted through the cupboards like drowning man grasping for Kate Winslet, what I found was the wife's stash of Zantac and Ranitidine, but as this review is about Zantac ix nay on the.. oh to hell with that I never got it and it's annoying... just ssshhh for now about the ranitidine widely available at less than half the price and is exactly the same product.
If you want an ant-acid in a handy little pill that doesn't taste and feel like liquefied rubber mixed with aqueous humour, and you aren't a fan of the minty chalkiness of other decent antacids Zantac could be just the thing for you. It doesn't act on neutralizing acid once it's formed like Rennies for instance; it attacks it at source, and has been prescribed by doctors for some time to help reduce acid for ulcer sufferers. It is what is known as an H2-receptor blocker. It works by blocking the action of histamine in the stomach. This reduces the amount of acid the stomach makes.
You are advised to swallow whole one Zantac tablet with water at the first sign of symptoms; if the symptoms persist after an hour then you can take another tablet. You are not supposed to take more than four of these in any 24 hour period. As the relief lasts up to 12 hours you shouldn't need too. If you are getting pain that feels like indigestion for more than 12 hours in a row get yourself to the doctors quick. Zantac/Ranitidine is only recommended for adults over 16, if you are or know someone under 16 that appears to need an antacid consult your GP first.
After I took the Zantac I didn't feel any thing for a while, no minty burps, or greasy icky feel as with the liquid tyres that I was more familiar with, nor instant quelling of the raging fire. I did however forget entirely about the indigestion. It wasn't until about an hour or so later when in my addled state I hade a brief moment of panic thinking I was going to be up all night with burning guts because I'd run out of the pink goo (or sometimes white I think?) that I realised I didn't actually have indigestion anymore. I tried it out, twisting about and touching my toes (or as near as I could get), not a spark or flicker of fire. This I thought was much better than quaffing stuff that made me retch and pull faces worthy of a champion gurner. So I have stolen my wife's stash of this perfect little acid killing bullet, and am awaiting the storm of invective I'll get when she discovers this. I will of course deny everything and even kindly offer her some of mine until she can replace the tablets she has clearly forgotten to replenish.
Zantac can be very useful for people who suffer acid reflux, as the valve between your stomach and oesophagus isn't working properly, and the aforementioned acid can splosh around this area causing a great deal of inflammation, this can obviously do some damage over a prolonged period. So something that can stop the acid forming in excess in the first place is obviously going to be a great help
The much repeated advice to acid reflux sufferers is to raise the top of your bed (also don't eat more than half your own body weight of anything after about 6 or 7 'o'clock at night), as this problem is typically worse at night. Being horizontal means that gravity isn't keeping the stomach contents down where they should be. The wife who suffers from this (this is her reason for taking ant-acids and is very different from mine) doesn't find this raising terribly helpful, also the dog finds it difficult to get comfy on a tilted bed. One of these babies popped about an hour before sleepy time keeps the acid at bay all night.
You can apparently have Zantac administered as an injection if you have a medical condition that needs regular treatment with the medication such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which causes you to produce too much acid -I came across this information whilst looking up the ingredients of Zantac (at http://www.pharmland.net/customer_module/customer/buy-Zantac/), my eyes aren't good enough to read the small print off the pack, I thought it was interesting enough to share. The injection can also be given on a short term basis if you cannot take oral medication.
I would say this is a superb ant-acid and would highly recommend it in any of it's forms to those who are a martyr to that horrible acid burn.
The active ingredient in Zantac is as previously mentioned Ranitidine, other ingredients are:
Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Methylhydroxypropylcellulose (E464), Titanium Dioxide (E171), Red Iron Oxide (E172) and Triacetin.
Price and price comparisons
A huge £12.25 for 48 tablets of Zantac 75 at Boots (with 48 advantage points)
Same identical product in same packaging is being sold at Tesco at £3.18 for 12 which means it costs 47p more per the same quantity than at Boots.
Gavilast Ranitidine at Asda is a whopping £4.00 for 12
£2.97 for 12 at Sainsbury's
Ranitidine (Tesco's own brand) however costs only £1.00 for 12!
I know which ones we'll be buying when possible from now on. If you get regular acid attacks it may be worth discussing a prescription from your Dr. Perhaps only worth it if you live in areas where prescriptions are free. Of course if you are getting severe indigestion regularly you should check with your doctor anyway, there could be underlying causes, or damage being done by the over production of acid on a regular basis.
I've taken one star off only because of the price discrepancy between this and Ranitidine
Zantac is one of the group of stomach acid medicines that inhibits the production of acid, so reducing the acidity in your stomach at source. Many other ant-acids (such as Gaviscon) treat the acid environment by introducing strong alkaline substances which neutralize acid which is already in the stomach. This does not prevent further excess acid build up so breakthrough acid pain/heartburn/indigestion can occur.
If you suffer from acid reflux where the 'valve' (actually more of a sphincter) at the stomach oesophageal juncture (stomach/food pipe) is weak and occasionally 'gives', acid from the stomach can 'splash' up into the oesophagus which is what gives that burning sensation near your breastbone. This is very damaging to the lining there as it is not designed to cope with the high acidity needed in the stomach. Repeated acid reflux can cause permanent damage to this area even, in some cases, triggering cancer. Zantac and similar drugs were initially used for sufferers of acid reflux and to reduce the acid environment for ulcer sufferers. Because of its ability to reduce acid at source it means less likelyhood of continued excess acid build up to break through or irritate sensitive stomach linings or healing ulcers.
Zantac is my new saviour. I have had a hiatus hernia for some years now and can suffer horrible acid reflux, sometimes waking up gasping for breath with burning lungs,having experienced it in my sleep and having inhaled acid. As you can imagine a good antacid is pretty vital for me, I have found that if I don't eat anything after 6.00pm I rarely need antacids, but with work and some social commitments it is not always possible to stick to this. Gaviscon was recommended by my doctor and I find it excellent at the job, as it forms a layer which the acid does not easily break through. However the texture and taste of Gaviscon makes me retch and I hate taking it, even the tablets are vile (to me). So when I recently won some Sainsbury's vouchers I decided to try a few things that I haven't wanted to spend money on before just in case they didn't work and I had wasted my £3.00 (or whatever the item cost). Zantac was one of them. They cost £2.97 for 12 tablets at Tesco and Asda. £3.00 at Sainsbury's. You can purchase the generic form as ranitidine at £1.38 at Tescos, it contains the same active ingredient as Zantac. The Zantac box is white with dark blue and red writing and an abstract blue figure with a red area representing the site of heartburn.
Zantac should be taken on first sign of symptoms with water, if the symptoms persist after an hour then you can take another tablet, you are advised not to take more than two in 24 hours. The relief should last for up to twelve hours.
Despite trying to lose some weight for an upcoming wedding I have been eating richer food later in the day than normal during the last week - there have been three birthdays in my immediate family (including my own) so we have had a couple of meals out, with lots of chocolates at home too. Bang goes my diet, and my ability to sleep because of raging acid. An ideal time to test Zantac.
I took my first tablet an hour before bed time, after quite a big meal at 8.00pm (much later than I normally eat a large meal). I was quite nervous as normally eating at that time would either mean I would have to sleep sitting up, or not sleep until the early hours of the morning for fear of drowning in acid - even if I took a normal ant-acid it would wear off by early morning leaving the acid to gout up. Anyway by the time I got to bed I would normally be feeling the stirrings of a burn when I bent etc., so far so good - nothing. I still propped my pillows up somewhat to allow gravity to help keep the acid in place (as suggested by doctors) and settled down.
I woke the next morning having had a great nights sleep with no hint of out of place acid. I have nearly finished my first pack of twelve, and can say that they work like a dream. Which in a way is bad as I'm not afraid to have a late evening snack now, so more calories getting passed my lips. I will give ranitidine a try now to see if it really is as effective as Zantac, because I need this medicine to be a regular member of my medicine cabinet so getting it cheaper would be a benefit. Even if for some reason I find that Zantac is the better product, I will not mind paying the extra on a regular basis. I'll find the extra pennies from somewhere. I find that medicines that claim to be identical but cheaper often use different carriers which negate benefits or cause other problems which the more expensive product doesn't, so I won't bank on the ranitidine being equally effective.
Zantac is meant for the use of adults and children over 16. If you or a family member seems to need this and is under this age consult a doctor first.
Ingredients: ranitidine 75mg as HCl.
Zantac is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline. (Unfortunately they do test on animals)
Zantac packaging contains a detailed insert about potential side effects, contraindications etc., which should be read before taking the medicine.
Zantac/Ranitidine is also a histamine blocker and is sometimes used in medicine to help in certain allergy treatments.
Zantac are an antacid designed to treat indigestion and heartburn and in the UK can most commonly come in packs of 6 or 12 and it is around £3 for a pack of 12 tablets.
Being born with a Hiatus Hernia I had always experienced acid reflux, and relied heavily on Gaviscon. I was eventually prescribed Zantac as my acid reflux became worse.
As I have grown older, the acid reflux is considerably less, but occassionally I might still have a problem. After getting used to the wonderous effects of Zantac, I ditched Gaviscon (although that was better than Bisodol!)
Zantac are small tablets that are sold in shops such as Boots, Superdrug, Supermarkets... they pop up in a lot of places. If you feel you have indigestion, take a pill with a glass of water and about 20 minutes or so your indigestion *should* have gone. In some severe cases one pill might not be enough, so 1 hour after your first administration, you can take another Zantac, but can only consume 2 pills in a 24 hour period. Zantac works by reducing the promotion of acid in the stomach.
Zantac is designed for adults and children over 16.
Ingredients: ranitidine 75mg as HCl
Zantac is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline.
If you suffer from excess acid in your stomach then this could be the answer.
I have been told by my doctor that the reason people suffer from excess acid is usually caused by stress, anxiety and hectic lifestyles and is a very common problem in people under 40.
She advised me to take Rantidine. At the time the only product with Rantidine in it was Zantac. Zantac is a well known Brand and a popular product, but its not cheap.
6 tablets will cost you between £3-£4, and 12 tablets will cost between £6-£7. If you take 2 tablets a day (the maximum daily allowance) this works out expensive.
Now the market for Rantidine has evolved as more people suffer from acid due to their lifestyles. You can now buy non branded Rantidine tablets in most supermarkets, chemists and discount shops. They work just as well as brand names except they are half the price and contain more tablets in a pack. A pack of 12 will cost between £1.49- £1.69.
Rantidine tablets are very small and the maximum you can take in a day is 2 tablets.
I find that the first tablet eases it a little but by the time I've taken the second it has eased a lot if not completely.
Each tablet contains 75mg of Rantidine, 0.31 mg sodium and microcystalino cellulose.
Many people laugh when you say you suffer from sever indigestion, heartburn or excess acid. But I know just how painful it can be!.
If you suffer from this I strongly recommend taking Rantidine Tablets.
Always remember to read the packer
Zantac 75 is designed for the relief of indigestion and heartburn. It is made by the Glaxo Smith Klein group. The pills are foil wrapped and each five sided pink tablet contains 75mg of ranitidine.
Ranitidine is an H2 blocker which works by stopping the over production of acid in the stomach. It's the acid that causes the pain of heartburn and indigestion. One tablet swallowed with a glass of water should stop the problem for up to twelve hours.
If this doesn't solve the problem, a second tablet can be taken. If you have any further problem you need to see a doctor before taking any more of this medication.
This product is not recommended for pregnant women, anyone with persistent stomach pain, or anyone who gets pain very frequently. If you take aspirin, or ibuprofen regularly the manufacturers don't recommend the use of Zantac. Medical attention is the best alternative.
Zantac is only suitable for adults and children over sixteen and should not be taken for more than six days.
Personally, I find that I go through phases when I need to take Zantac for a couple of days at a time. This is usually linked to poor eating habits including too much spicy food and, in my case, too much acidic fruit like oranges, pineapple and kiwi fruit. The worst of the lot for me is tomatoes and I love to eat them but I reach for the Zantac as soon as I've finished.
I also find that too much red wine, or Coca Cola, has a similar effect. Sometimes the only solution is to cut the things that cause the problems out of my diet and take Zantac for two or three days.
This product does work. I find that one tablet taken in the morning is usually sufficient to keep the acid at bay. It certainly doesn't allow me to eat anything I like, but it stops the discomfort and gives my digestive system chance to get back to normal.
Zantac varies in price but the last 12 pack I bought cost me £2.89 at Tesco. It is interesting to note that ranitidine is also available in its generic form and you can buy Tesco's own brand for £1 less.
If you see ranitidine tablets elsewhere check that they contain the same amount of the active ingredient, i.e. 75 gms. I have found boxes of these tablets in the Pound Shop but they only contain 50gms.
From my own point of view, I trust the Zantac brand and would rather pay for that. At least I know that if I am in really bad pain with acid, then it will work effectively. Anyone who has ever suffered the pain that comes from having too much acid in their stomach will know exactly what I mean here.
When it drifts along with the fragrances of the flowers and the smoke from the Barbie, it can fill your senses. It can get those juices flowing and make you feel so alive. When it's on a mountain it can freeze the ****** of you yet still fill you with the same exuberance. When camping it can be the sound of warmth and comfort as you snuggle up in your sleeping bag and hear it's breath banging on the tent. Yet when it's in your body it can be a total pain in the ****.
What am I talking about WIND that's what. You know the stuff that makes you trump and smell bad. Well thankfully there's a remedy.
Unfortunately many people suffer from Heartburn and Indigestion, some through no fault of their own others simply by constantly bombarding their bodies with junk food and booze. I'm not here to moralise simply offer what I deem to be a solution to the problem. Obviously drinking and eating spicy foods to excess will cause you tummy trouble but that's your decision and it's OK by me............just think about it a little though could save you a lot of grief in future.
According to their website GlaxoSmithKline are the largest research-based pharmaceutical manufacture, with sales of over £20Bn I'm not betting they are wrong. They have their headquarters in the UK and manufacture a product I am about to review called Zantac.
The main symptoms of heartburn and indigestion are pain and discomfort, this is caused by the stomach producing to much acid which causes acid reflux in the oesophagus. This acid build up causes added gas which finds it's own way out if you get my drift. I can cause a fair bit of discomfort itself as it goes on it's journey though. If not put under control this excess acid can cause tissue damage to the lining of the stomach and may also cause ulcers, so we need to find a remedy.
I did read all the medical jargon on Ranitidine but it was far to complicated for me so I have tried to simplify for this review. Zantac's main active ingredient is Ranitidine an H2 blocker which partially inhibits the stomach from producing to much acid hence solving the problem. Now I know you are going to ask me what an H2 blocker is but I ain't no Doctor so I haven't a clue, I only supply the info LOL. Ranitidine is also used to cure ulcers. Side effects from Zantac are very rare but can include diarrhoea, dizziness which do not last for long. I have not had any of these side effects whilst taking this medication.
They are available at your local pharmacist, whom you should talk to when you go to buy. He/She are far better qualified to advise than I. Beware however they are quite expensive well I thought so at £3.99 for 12 at Boots.
Zantac comes in a white box with a silhouette figure on the left. The stomach area of this figure has a red oval to symbolise the main no doubt. Across the bottom is the word ZANTAC with a small 75 in the arc of the C. To the right and bottom of ZANTAC is the word relief both in a dark blue colour.
I am only prone to these symptoms now and then but have found Zantac to be far and away the most effective remedy. If you get rid of the excess acid then their is no more excess gas being produced. No acid No gas = No heartburn/Indigestion and No Less Wind. The body will of course still produce it's own natural amount of wind but generally this goes by un-noticed..................well physically.
AS WITH ALL MEDICINES READ THE LABEL AND DIRECTIONS AND IF IN DOUBT DONT TAKE THEM AND SEE YOUR DOCTOR.
True heartburn and acid indigestion is horrendous. It hurts, it stings and it BURNS LIKE HELL. It makes eating and drinking a nightmare, you feel permanently awful and sleep is virtually impossible when you?re in its grip. It doesn?t just affect your stomach, but your whole oesophagus and even your poor old throat. There are lots of causes of heartburn and many are related to intolerance to certain foods. Spicy foods, acidic foods and drinks, dairy products and alcohol are some of the most common culprits. Overindulgence is also a guaranteed heartburn-generator, hence many will suffer more than usual at Christmas or after a night on the booze. Most of the treatments around for heartburn and acid-indigestion are antacids that you suck or chew. They work by coating the stomach, reducing inflammation and neutralising acid. They are a temporary fix that may only bring relief for an hour or so before you need some more. As a result, you can be only half way through a bad heartburn day and have already taken the maximum recommended daily dose. Zantac 75, however, works differently. It contains 75 mg of the drug Ranitidine which works by not only neutralising acid in the gut, but also preventing the gut from producing any more by blocking the action of histamine. And the effects last for up to 12 hours. Dosage is one tablet at first, followed by another if no relief is felt after an hour. Simply swallow the tiny pinkish tablets without sucking or chewing. I?m quite a bad heartburn sufferer and find that I generally need the double-dose. However, that fixes me for a good day and I can carry on eating and drinking what I like without any trouble. And most of all, I can sleep. No more than two tablets should be taken in 24 hours and they should not be used by children or by people with liver and kidney failure. It should also be noted that ranitidine and alcohol don?t mix well, leading to a rise in blood alcohol lev
els. Side-effects are said to be rare but can include constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue, headache, insomnia, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, agitation, anaemia, confusion, depression, easy bruising or bleeding, hallucinations, hair loss, irregular heartbeat, rash, visual changes, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. A horrifying list yes, but very similar to the ones you see on most medicines. I have never noticed any side-effects with Zantac and I do take it quite regularly. The side-effects, in fact, are in my opinion a lot less worth worrying about than the price. A little pack of 12 tablets costs £3.99 or more, depending on where you buy it. By any standards, this is exorbitant. However, I?ve recently discovered to my delight that Tesco do their own IDENTICAL tablet with IDENTICAL ingredients in IDENTICAL measures. It?s simply called Ranitidine and it sells for £1.89, HALF THE PRICE of the ?big brand? Zantac. Zantac I give 5 stars for effectiveness and 1 star for price. Good old Tesco I give 5 stars on both counts, as with their ranitidine neither your heart or that hole in your purse will be burning.
Heartburn, Acid indigestion or sour stomach is something that a majority of us have experienced on many occasions. Most surely some of us would have more recently suffered from it after the Christmas holiday period. There are several medications that exist for these symptoms and one of them is Zantac 75. Heartburn is the burning feeling that you get when the acid in your abdomen starts to move up from the abdomen and into the esophagus. This leaves you feeling a burning sensation just below your throat and running down to your abdomen area. Acid indigestion and sour stomach is the same but related more to the stomach area. All these symptoms are caused by certain foods and drinks that we consume, which causes the stomach to produce excessive amounts of acids and also because the acids are going to the wrong places. Although everyone has different tolerance levels to different foods, generally speaking the foods most likely to cause these problems are spicy foods (curries, Mexican foods etc) and certain drinks that are not compatible with foods i.e. first having a food that contains high levels of citric acid (lemon and other sour fruit) and then having drinks that contains high levels of dairy products (milk, coffee, tea) immediately after. Also vice-versa. These are just examples that I have given here and there are many other combinations of foods and drinks that cause your stomach to produce excessive acids. These will be different from person to person. Heartburn and acid indigestion are very common occurrences that cause burning pains and minor to severe discomfort. As mentioned earlier there are many medications available and the most common of them being Antacids. What makes Zantac more effective than antacids is that Zantac contains ingredients that reduces the production of acid and also neutralizes the acid that is already existing in your stomach. Antacids on the other hand only neutralize the ex
isting acids but do reduce the production of new acid. This subsequently means that you will obtain only temporary relief with antacids thus leading to longer periods of medication and eventual subsidizing of the symptoms. Zantac 75 contains an active ingredient of 75mg ranitidine. This is the main active chemical used to combat the high acid levels. Other inactive ingredients found in Zantac 75 are; Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, synthetic red iron oxide, titanium dioxide and triacetin. According to the manufactures, Glaxo Welcome, Zantac 75 is very compatible with other frequently used medicines. However those on tablets such as Brufen should consult their doctor prior to taking Zantac. Another plus point with Zantac 75 is that they are sodium and sugar free thus making them more friendly to users and more especially those with diabetic problems. The usual dosage for adults and children over 16 years old is 1 tablet to be taken with water on occurrence of the symptoms. If you have not experienced any improvement within an hour then you may take another tablet. Do not exceed four tablets over a 24-hour period. Further as one member rightly pointed out, if the symptoms persist for more than 14 days you should immediately consult your GP as you may have a more complicated problem. If you are aware of foods that cause these problems but still cannot control yourself from eating them (curries addicts please take note) then you should take one tablet 30 to 60 minutes prior to eating. They come in various pack sizes but I purchased the 24 tablets pack for £6.99. Obviously the larger the pack size the cheaper it is and since I fall into the “Curry & Spice Lovers” category its always helpful to have a good stock handy at all times. Overall Zantac 75 is an excellent product and made by a large and reputable manufacturer. They are much ea
sier to use and more effective than other products that tackle the same problems such as Gelusil, Rennie etc. I have been using them for many years now and always experience prompt and genuine relief almost all of the time. It would have been more convenient if I had put this opinion in prior to Christmas but New Years day is just around the corner so be prepared to use this highly recommended product if the need arises.
Zantac is a drug used for indigestion, acid reflux (heartburn)& stomach ulcer healing. Zantac is the brand name for a drug called Ranitidine. It is a class of drug called a H2-receptor antagonist. The 'H' stands for Histamine, and so this fancy name basically means that it is an Anti-Histamine. (Not the same as Anti-Histamines for hayfever - they work on the H1 receptor). The strength available over the counter is 75mg. Stronger doses are available on prescription. Anyone with persistent heartburn should consult their doctor. This is important as the pain you experience could have another cause. Before going onto drug therapy, there are certain lifestyle changes you should make which could significantly improve your problem: - lose weight - stop smoking - cut down on alcohol - stop taking regular painkillers like aspirin and iburofen, try paracetamol instead - use more pillows at night time - avoid spicy foods - reduce stress in your life (easier said than done!) All of the above can improve acid reflux problems. If indigestion / heartburn is still a problem, you should move onto chewable calcium carbonate tablets. They are available in fruit flavours, but still taste foul. These will give you symptomatic relief, as will Gaviscon - a peppermint flavour liquid that lines you gullet. If all these measures fail, I would personally consult my GP. He will take a full detailed history and advise you about further treatment which may include Zantac. He can monitor your response and if necessary exclude anything more serious or try stronger medication. Of course, Zantac is available over the counter and you may wish to purchase it. It is relatively cheap, around £2 for six tablets. Side effects are not common and there is no use listing them here and scare-mongering. Read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes inside the box and be sensible. If you
have kidney or liver problems, are pregnant or breast feeding, do not take it without seeing your GP. Remember if the problem is persistent, consult your GP.
For indigestion and heartburn / Zantac 75 tablets provide effective, enduring relief from indigestion & heartburn / Zantac 75 tablets work by countering production of acid in the stomach / One Zantac 75 tablet gets to work fast, soothing and calming the stomach, and goes on working for up to 12 hours.