What Is This Medication And How Is Using It Going To Help Your Condition To Get Better?
Ranitidine is a part of a group of medications known as histamine-2 blockers. The way the drug works is it’s able to effectively lower the amount of acid inside of the stomach. Too much acid in the stomach can lead to all sorts of problems that can make day to day living hard.
The main use of this drug is to help provide treatment for and to stop ulcers within the stomach as well as the intestines. In addition to this it can also be used to help treat any condition where the stomach is making too much acid. One of these conditions would include Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Another example would be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There might be other uses for this treatment, but this is best left to the discretion of a doctor.
What are some of the more serious potential side effects you might be at risk for if you decide to use this medicational treatment?
Chest pain, fever, feeling short of breath, coughing up green or yellow mucus
Easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness
Fast or slow heart rate
Problems with your vision
Fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
Nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
What are some of the more common potential side effects you put yourself at risk for when you make use of this drug?
Headache (may be severe)
Sleep problems (insomnia)
Decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm
Swollen or tender breasts (in men)
Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
Diarrhea or constipation
Are any of the above mentioned side effects something you will experience for sure or is the possibility of experiencing any of them on a case by case basis?
The more common possible side effects carry the strongest chance of being experienced by users. This doesn’t mean experiencing any of them is guaranteed. In many cases you might experience some initial discomfort because your body has to take some time to get used to the treatment. After an initial adjustment period minor side effects should go away.
As for the more serious side effects, these are problems that usually happen when something really isn’t going well. You might have to stop using the drug altogether and get help. The overall risk of experience these sorts of side effects are low. As long as you make sure you use the treatment according to a doctors instructions or the ones on the prescription label, then there should be no problems.
How do you take this drug in order to make sure it works right and doesn’t cause any discomfort by direct means of ingestion?
You need to take metoclopramide about 30 minutes before you eat something. The treatment works best when this rule is adhered to. Metoclopramide is typically consumed before meals and right before a person is about to go to sleep. A doctor will want you to only use the drug when you need it and with meals. These would be meals that usually bring about instances of heartburn in you.
All in all you need to be consistent with the use of this drug and report to a doctor how it’s working for you. This is what will enable changes to be made if something were going wrong for whatever reason. You wouldn’t want to keep using a drug if the risks begin to outweigh the benefits.