What is Ranitidine?
Ranitidine decreases the amount of stomach acid produced.
Who is it for?
Ranitidine is for horses, dogs, and cats.
What are the benefits?
||Decreases the amount of stomach acid produced
||Aids in treatment and prevention of ulcers
||Also used in the treatment of gastritis and esophagitis
Ranitidine is used to decrease the amount of stomach acid produced. This aids in the treatment of ulcers that are present and helps prevent ulcer formation. It is also used in the treatment of gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) and esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus). It may also stimulate movement of food through the stomach and intestine.
How does Ranitidine work?
Ranitidine works by blocking the effects of histamine. This prevents the cells in the stomach from producing stomach acid.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
Ranitidine is a generic medication.
How is it given?
Ranitidine tablets are given orally, without food. The injectible form may be given in the muscle (IM), subcutaneously (SC, subQ, under the skin), or intravenously (IV), as directed by your veterinarian.
What results can I expect?
Ranitidine works rapidly after being absorbed from the intestinal tract. When used for the treatment of gastric ulcers, however, it must be used long-term since the ulcers may be slow to heal. Once the medication is discontinued, the stomach will start to produce more acid again.
What form(s) does it come in?
This medication comes in tablet or liquid form.
Common Drug Name
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Ranitidine?
Talk to your veterinarian about what tests and exams may be necessary while your pet is taking Raniditine. Also discuss what other or additional therapies may be available. Have your veterinarian explain how long the treatment period will be and what type of outcome is expected.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has heart, liver, or kidney disease, may be pregnant or is nursing, or if you intend to breed your pet.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking, and also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
Symptoms may reoccur if a dose is missed or if the medication is discontinued.
Who should not take it?
Not for use in pets hypersensitive (allergic) to Ranitidine. Use with caution in pets with heart,
liver, or kidney disease. Do not use in pregnant or lactating pets unless benefits outweigh the risks.
This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
What side effects may be seen when taking Ranitidine?
Side effects in pets are rare. When used in humans, mental confusion may be seen.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How is it stored?
Store the oral form at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant childproof container. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
May see muscular tremors and an increased breathing rate. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any of these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Ranitidine?
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, your pet is taking while receiving Ranitidine.
If used with antacids, give the Ranitidine two hours before or two hours after the other
Consult your veterinarian before using ranitidine with procainamide, ketoconazole, or propantheline bromide, since interactions may occur.
May cause a falsely positive laboratory test for protein in the urine.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the Patient Information Sheet for Horses or
Patient Information Sheet for Dogs and Cats on this medication.