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   Ranitidine Bismuth Citrate

Ranitidine Bismuth Citrate
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This medication in combination with clarithromycin is used to treat active duodenal ulcers related to infection (H pylori). Treating the infection may prevent your ulcer from reoccurring.

 
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Ranitidine Bismuth Citrate

Uses
This medication in combination with clarithromycin is used to treat active duodenal ulcers related to infection (H pylori). Treating the infection may prevent your ulcer from reoccurring.
Notes
  • Your doctor may recommend some lifestyle changes such as stop smoking programs, diet changes and exercise to assist in the treatment and prevention of ulcers.
  • This drug may affect the results of tests for urine protein.

Storage
  • Store between 36 and 86 degrees F (between 2 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Replace cap securely after each use.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include difficulty breathing, fast heartbeat, tremors, vomiting, restlessness, weakness, fatigue, or dizziness.

How To Use
  • This medication is taken 1 tablet twice a day for 4 weeks along with clarithromycin 500mg 3 times a day for the first 2 weeks.
  • Antacid and sucralfate can block the effect of this medication.
  • If you are taking an antacid in addition to this medication, separate the doses of each medication by at least one half hour.
  • If you are taking sucralfate in addition to this medication, take the medication two hours before the sucralfate.
  • Do not stop taking this medication without your doctor's approval.
  • Stopping therapy too soon may delay healing of the ulcer and curing the infection (H pylori).Do not exceed the recommended dosage.

Side Effects
  • Nausea, diarrhea, headache, or dizziness may occur at first as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • If these effects persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor.Notify your doctor if you experience: unusual bleeding or bruising, pounding chest pain, rash, difficulty sleeping, mental changes, extreme weakness, itching, breathing trouble, stomach pain.A temporary, harmless dark tongue or stool can occur.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heartburn combined with lightheadedness or sweating or dizziness, chest pain or shoulder/jaw pain especially with shortness of breath, pain spreading to arms or neck or shoulders, unexplained weight loss, liver or kidney problems, porphyria, other stomach problems (e.g., tumors), any allergies (including drug allergies).Remember that all nonprescription/prescription aspirin and aspirin-type drugs can cause stomach irritation/ulcer.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.One ingredient in this product appears in breast milk.
  • The effect on the nursing infant is not known.
  • Consult your doctor.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter and prescription medication you may use, especially of: ketoconazole, itraconazole, antibiotics (tetracyclines).Bismuth can interfere with intestinal X ray tests.Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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