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Ranitidine

About your medicine

Ranitidine belongs to a group of medicines which help to reduce any irritation to your stomach caused by some other tablets, for example, prednisolone.

Taking your medicine

You should swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water. the usual dose is 150mg once or twice a day. Your doctor will have recommended a dose for you.

Unwanted effects

Ranitidine, like other medicines, can cause side effects in some people. the most common side effects include headache, dizziness and tiredness; other more rare side effects include a rash or changes in the liver (indentified by blood tests or going yellow).

Storing your medicine

You should store the tablets in their original packet in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children. Only remove the tablets from the blister pack when it is time to take them.

Ranitidine is the drug name. All medications have another name, a “brand” name which will be different, some tablets are made by more than one manufacturer (like Cadbury’s = brand, and chocolate = what it is). Look for the drug name on the box, and don’t be confused by the other name. Be aware that different brands will look different but will have the same effect.


The National Kidney Federation cannot accept responsibility for information provided. The above is for guidance only. Patients are advised to seek further information from their own doctor.

NKF Controlled Document No. 83: Ranitidine written: 22/04/2000 last reviewed: 06/09/2015