Zantac is a drug that slows down the production of the gastrointestinal acid that your stomach makes. It is used mainly to control and respond to peptic ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Zantac or ranitidine, it’s common name, can also be used to manage gastroesophageal reflux disease, (GERD) and other ailments where the acid backs up into the esophagus from the stomach resulting in a painful condition known as heart burn. Although actual heart problems can be mistaken as heart burn, it’s really a misnomer because it has nothing to do with the heart.
Your physician could also prescribe Zantac for other ailments other than those outlined here. Before your general practitioner prescribes you any new drug, make sure you inform him or her of the other medications you are currently taking to make sure they don’t clash with each other.
The usual formulation of Zantac is as effervescent tablets that you will need to add with water to ingest. Others are in tablet or capsule style while the Zantac dose for children is in liquid form.
Some people have expressed concerns about any relationship between Zantac and high blood pressure. I’ll get to that shortly.
Zantac has many possible side effects that you need to draw to the awareness of your health practitioner as soon as you notice them. These don’t effect everybody, in fact they are not that common. Among these are chest pain, fever, green or yellowish cough discharge and shortness of breath, as well as bruising easily, bleeding and an unusual feeling of weakness . Blurred eye sight is another possible symptom. You wouldn’t have them all together, of course, but if you experience any of them consult your medical practitioner immediately.
Other possible serious side effects of Zantac are nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, jaundice, low grade fever, appetite loss and clay coloured stool. If you experience any of these, see your doctor.
The effects of Zantac and High Blood Pressure
The main adverse effect that can be experienced with the combination of Zantac and high blood pressure is an increased heart rate. This, whilst not actually raising blood pressure, increases stress on the vascular system. If you are hypertensive and your high blood pressure is not properly controlled then an increased heart rate could have a damaging effect.
If you know you are hypertensive, it is important to monitor the effect on you of the combination of Zantac and high blood pressure.
I recommend that every family should have its own blood pressure monitor. That way you’ll be able to keep track of not only your blood pressure but also your heart rate. They are not very expensive and very simple to use.
At the top of the left column is a picture of the one I use. Omron HEM-780 Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with ComFit Cuff
Every family should have a blood pressure monitor.