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Zantac

Zantac is a histamine-2 blocker drug used to treat a number of gastric conditions such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), peptic ulcers, heartburn, sour stomach, systemic mastocytosis, esophagitis and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Most of these conditions are caused by the stomach producing too much acid, resulting in acid reflux.

Acid reflux usually occurs after meals, therefore heartburn usually occurs after meals. Heartburn often occurs when a person lies down – this enables the acid to flow back up the esophagus more easily. Many people who suffer with GERD say they often wake up at night with severe heartburn.

Doctors may prescribe Zantac for other medical conditions not mentioned in this article. Zantac is an effective medication to prevent damage to the stomach after the long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Zantac works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach, thereby relieving pain and assisting in the healing process. Zantac comes in the form of oral tablets, granules, effervescent tablets and a syrup formula. Your doctor will decide which is best for you.

As with all medicines, Zantac may cause some side-effects, especially in the early stages of treatment. Common side-effects include drowsiness, headache, insomnia, lack of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. Zantac may cause other side-effects not mentioned in this article.

Side-effects are usually temporary, but if you experience any uncomfortable symptoms that persist while using Zantac, you should inform your doctor immediately.