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Review: taking Zantac 150 and Gaviscon together

Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Zantac 150 and Gaviscon together.

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Zantac 150 and Gaviscon. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 562 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.





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What are the drugs

Zantac 150 has active ingredients of ranitidine hydrochloride. It is often used in gastroesophageal reflux disease. (latest outcomes from 3,895 Zantac 150 users)

Gaviscon has active ingredients of aluminum hydroxide; magnesium trisilicate. It is often used in gastroesophageal reflux disease. (latest outcomes from 3,562 Gaviscon users)

On Feb, 24, 2015: 561 people who take Zantac 150, Gaviscon are studied

Zantac 150, Gaviscon outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Zantac 150 (ranitidine hydrochloride)
- Gaviscon (aluminum hydroxide; magnesium trisilicate)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Zantac 150 is effectiven/an/an/a0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
Gaviscon is effective100.00%
(1 of 1 people)
(0 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
VomitingInterstitial Lung DiseaseUrinary Tract InfectionAnxietyBradycardian/aInterstitial Lung DiseaseNausea
AnaemiaDrug EruptionGastroenteritisCholecystitis ChronicHyponatraemiaPain
ThrombocytopeniaGastric PerforationAbdominal PainSyncopeVomiting
Muscle TwitchingPulmonary EmbolismAnhedoniaNon-cardiac Chest PainDyspnoea
ScreamingShock HaemorrhagicGallbladder DisorderPleurisyDiarrhoea
Vaginal HaemorrhageIntestinal PerforationNon-cardiac Chest PainDepressive SymptomAsthenia
Stevens-johnson SyndromeMallory-weiss SyndromePersonality ChangeMuscle WeaknessAnxiety
Toxic Epidermal NecrolysisRespiratory ArrestDepressed MoodDehydration
NauseaCardiac ArrestAggressionHypotension
Anastomotic HaemorrhageRespiratory DistressPleurisyHypertension

Drug effectiveness by gender :

Zantac 150 is effective0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
Gaviscon is effective0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

DizzinessBack Pain

Drug effectiveness by age :

Zantac 150 is effectiven/an/an/an/a50.00%
(1 of 2 people)
(0 of 2 people)
Gaviscon is effectiven/an/an/an/a50.00%
(1 of 2 people)
(0 of 2 people)

Most common drug interactions by age * :

ScreamingSplenomegalyMulti-organ FailurePainPainDepressionNauseaDyspnoea
MalaisePancreatitisAcute Monocytic LeukaemiaAnhedoniaVomitingMemory ImpairmentDepressionAsthenia
ApnoeaFebrile NeutropeniaHyperbilirubinaemiaAnxietyAnaemiaSomnolenceAbdominal DistensionNausea
Muscle TwitchingRespiratory DistressSeptic ShockCholecystitis ChronicNauseaCognitive DisorderAnxietyHypotension
BradypnoeaEpilepsy AggravatedTransfusion ReactionEmotional DistressVaginal HaemorrhageInjuryTremorDiarrhoea
ConstipationRenal Failure AcuteMyeloid LeukaemiaCholelithiasisMitral Valve IncompetenceMusculoskeletal DiscomfortDiabetic Nephropathy NosAnaemia
Respiratory DisorderOedema PeripheralBack PainCholecystitis AcuteSkin LesionConversion DisorderNephritis InterstitialDehydration
CyanosisBlood Phosphorus IncreasedVomitingBile Duct StoneHaemorrhoidsTherapeutic Response UnexpectedDyspnoea NosThrombocytopenia
Eye Movement DisorderBlood Calcium IncreasedHypotensionBiliary ColicElectrocardiogram T Wave InversionPainPyrexiaChest Pain
Bone Metabolism DisorderFace OedemaPleural EffusionInjuryEmotional DistressNauseaDyspepsiaPleural Effusion

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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  • Zantac long-term use caused symptoms of fibromyalgia and plantar fasciitis (1 response)
    I was taking Zantac every night for acid reflux/GERD that mostly occurred while I slept. After several months of daily use I began waking up with muscle stiffness, tight calves, and it hurt to walk, with extreme heel pain aka Plantar Fasciitis like symptoms and could hardly walk on stairs. Physical therapy, constant stretching and exercise got me nowhere. Magnesium deficiency was suspected and I consumed foods and supplements along with CO Enzyme 2 with no results. Along with previous muscle injuries to neck and shoulders (due to car accidents and sports), and Piriformis syndrome (due to strain from sitting) getting worse I was misdiagnosed for three years with Fibromyalgia (basically a diagnosis of we don't know what is causing your muscle pain and sense it's basically from head to toe now we will stamp you withy this label) Soon as I stopped taking Zantac/ Rantidine, I fully recovered from all the horrible symptoms I was having. Thanks to Dr. Google, and typing in Rantidine and muscle pain I discovered this med was the cause malabsorption of Magnesium. Be warned that any acid blockers or proton pump inhibitors can block the absorption of magnesium, calcium, B12 and other essential minerals and vitamins even causing anemia and fatigue. Instead elevate the foot of your bed or get a foam ramp from back store and take Tums of Milk of Magnesium when symptoms are bad. I also dropped a few stubborn pounds due to water retention caused by the drug which was affecting my kidneys (nephretitis). I learned that some patients encounter a rate drug intolerance using Rantidine which results in this condition. My health is finally robust again with no thanks to three different docs, (my Regular doc two rheumatologists). With the last doc dumbfounded when I told him stoping this med (that he highly encouraged I take among other docs) resolved my symptoms. No more leg stiffness in AM or pain and difficulty walking. My neck/shoulder injuries and Piriformis syndrome rarely cause me issues anymore as they are not aggravated by the lack of magnesium which is responsible for muscle recovery and relaxation. Finally with my immune system no longer fighting drug toxicity I'm no longer catching every cold under the sun and having them turn into horrible sinus infections or bacterial bronchitis. Hallelujah!! I hope this post can help others recover.
  • Ranitidine is bad juju
    Used 3-5 times per week for about 1 1/2 years. Noticed:
    shortness of breath
    contstricted throat
    chest pain/pressure
    heart palpatations
    dryness - more so than usual

    I quit taking it and felt much better within 2-3 days.
  • Polyuria associated with zantac
    I was prescribed Zantac 150mg before breakfast and before dinner. After two days, I felt tired and had polyuria (by weight change 650 mL). I had kidney pain so drank water with a tiny bit of salt. Felt very nauseous, but more water helped. Continued to sip water til kidney pain eased. Have discontinued Zantac. Kidneys stopped hurting after about 4 hours. Seem to be ok, now.
  • Pregnancy 7months negative reaction to gaviscon
    Took 1 dose of gaviscon after having suspected heartburn (7months pregnant) quickly suffered painful cramp then dizzy symptoms, nausea, sweaty fever, & doubled over in cramps & very faint. Recovered by sleeping & wait for digest the gaviscon
  • I got pneumonia while taking topamax, obvious correlation
    I do not take all the medicines above all the time but I am using an implanted pump giving me less than 2mg of dilaudid per day, 75 mg effexor daily and usually buspar. Dr prescribed topamax within 4 days I was hospitalized with Pneumonia, stayed a week came home a week had a clear chest x ray and the next week I got it again and was hospitalized 9 days that time. I knew I had been on the med but could not remember the side effect that made me come off previously until i started it again 2 days ago and woke today with Pneumonia again. Last time my pulmonologist said that the med in combination with the antidepressant which is all I take right now relaxes me too much and it paralyzes my choking reflex causing aspiration of saliva and ultimately waking up sick as the bacteria laced fluid goes crazy in the moist conditions of the lungs.

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Complete drug side effects:

On eHealthMe, Zantac 150 (ranitidine hydrochloride) is often used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gaviscon (aluminum hydroxide; magnesium trisilicate) is often used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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