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Zantac capped my Mount Vesuvius
Member Name: Dryad
Advantages: Kills excess acid at source
Disadvantages: Price if you have to use it regularly. Historically tested on animals
Zantac is one of the group of stomach acid medicines that inhibits the production of acid, so reducing the acidity in your stomach at source. Many other ant-acids (such as Gaviscon) treat the acid environment by introducing strong alkaline substances which neutralize acid which is already in the stomach. This does not prevent further excess acid build up so breakthrough acid pain/heartburn/indigestion can occur.
If you suffer from acid reflux where the 'valve' (actually more of a sphincter) at the stomach oesophageal juncture (stomach/food pipe) is weak and occasionally 'gives', acid from the stomach can 'splash' up into the oesophagus which is what gives that burning sensation near your breastbone. This is very damaging to the lining there as it is not designed to cope with the high acidity needed in the stomach. Repeated acid reflux can cause permanent damage to this area even, in some cases, triggering cancer. Zantac and similar drugs were initially used for sufferers of acid reflux and to reduce the acid environment for ulcer sufferers. Because of its ability to reduce acid at source it means less likelyhood of continued excess acid build up to break through or irritate sensitive stomach linings or healing ulcers.
Zantac is my new saviour. I have had a hiatus hernia for some years now and can suffer horrible acid reflux, sometimes waking up gasping for breath with burning lungs,having experienced it in my sleep and having inhaled acid. As you can imagine a good antacid is pretty vital for me, I have found that if I don't eat anything after 6.00pm I rarely need antacids, but with work and some social commitments it is not always possible to stick to this. Gaviscon was recommended by my doctor and I find it excellent at the job, as it forms a layer which the acid does not easily break through. However the texture and taste of Gaviscon makes me retch and I hate taking it, even the tablets are vile (to me). So when I recently won some Sainsbury's vouchers I decided to try a few things that I haven't wanted to spend money on before just in case they didn't work and I had wasted my £3.00 (or whatever the item cost). Zantac was one of them. They cost £2.97 for 12 tablets at Tesco and Asda. £3.00 at Sainsbury's. You can purchase the generic form as ranitidine at £1.38 at Tescos, it contains the same active ingredient as Zantac. The Zantac box is white with dark blue and red writing and an abstract blue figure with a red area representing the site of heartburn.
Zantac should be taken on first sign of symptoms with water, if the symptoms persist after an hour then you can take another tablet, you are advised not to take more than two in 24 hours. The relief should last for up to twelve hours.
Despite trying to lose some weight for an upcoming wedding I have been eating richer food later in the day than normal during the last week - there have been three birthdays in my immediate family (including my own) so we have had a couple of meals out, with lots of chocolates at home too. Bang goes my diet, and my ability to sleep because of raging acid. An ideal time to test Zantac.
I took my first tablet an hour before bed time, after quite a big meal at 8.00pm (much later than I normally eat a large meal). I was quite nervous as normally eating at that time would either mean I would have to sleep sitting up, or not sleep until the early hours of the morning for fear of drowning in acid - even if I took a normal ant-acid it would wear off by early morning leaving the acid to gout up. Anyway by the time I got to bed I would normally be feeling the stirrings of a burn when I bent etc., so far so good - nothing. I still propped my pillows up somewhat to allow gravity to help keep the acid in place (as suggested by doctors) and settled down.
I woke the next morning having had a great nights sleep with no hint of out of place acid. I have nearly finished my first pack of twelve, and can say that they work like a dream. Which in a way is bad as I'm not afraid to have a late evening snack now, so more calories getting passed my lips. I will give ranitidine a try now to see if it really is as effective as Zantac, because I need this medicine to be a regular member of my medicine cabinet so getting it cheaper would be a benefit. Even if for some reason I find that Zantac is the better product, I will not mind paying the extra on a regular basis. I'll find the extra pennies from somewhere. I find that medicines that claim to be identical but cheaper often use different carriers which negate benefits or cause other problems which the more expensive product doesn't, so I won't bank on the ranitidine being equally effective.
Zantac is meant for the use of adults and children over 16. If you or a family member seems to need this and is under this age consult a doctor first.
Ingredients: ranitidine 75mg as HCl.
Zantac is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline. (Unfortunately they do test on animals)
Zantac packaging contains a detailed insert about potential side effects, contraindications etc., which should be read before taking the medicine.
Zantac/Ranitidine is also a histamine blocker and is sometimes used in medicine to help in certain allergy treatments.
Summary: A highly effective treatment for excess acid
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