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Member Name: vanillaman
Date: 01/06/11, updated on 01/06/11 (213 review reads)
Advantages: A reasonably priced ant-acid that is easy to take, and very effective
Disadvantages: A bit more pricey than other brands which are identical in active ingredient.
I like a little drinky me, I'd like a little curry, and Chinese too if I had the dosh, but the drinky alone... well may be also a little eating at the wrong time of night, plus stress does cause quite spectacular indigestion now and then. The sort that feels like a fiery gauntlet ripping through your sternum and crushing your heart... I've had it checked it is just indigestion.
Normally I reach for the Gaviscon, no matter what flavour it's still pretty foul, but it does a really good job. A week or so ago after a particularly heavy night drowning my sorrows with the boys I was horrified to find we were out of Gaviscon. I rooted through the cupboards like drowning man grasping for Kate Winslet, what I found was the wife's stash of Zantac and Ranitidine, but as this review is about Zantac ix nay on the.. oh to hell with that I never got it and it's annoying... just ssshhh for now about the ranitidine widely available at less than half the price and is exactly the same product.
If you want an ant-acid in a handy little pill that doesn't taste and feel like liquefied rubber mixed with aqueous humour, and you aren't a fan of the minty chalkiness of other decent antacids Zantac could be just the thing for you. It doesn't act on neutralizing acid once it's formed like Rennies for instance; it attacks it at source, and has been prescribed by doctors for some time to help reduce acid for ulcer sufferers. It is what is known as an H2-receptor blocker. It works by blocking the action of histamine in the stomach. This reduces the amount of acid the stomach makes.
You are advised to swallow whole one Zantac tablet with water at the first sign of symptoms; if the symptoms persist after an hour then you can take another tablet. You are not supposed to take more than four of these in any 24 hour period. As the relief lasts up to 12 hours you shouldn't need too. If you are getting pain that feels like indigestion for more than 12 hours in a row get yourself to the doctors quick. Zantac/Ranitidine is only recommended for adults over 16, if you are or know someone under 16 that appears to need an antacid consult your GP first.
After I took the Zantac I didn't feel any thing for a while, no minty burps, or greasy icky feel as with the liquid tyres that I was more familiar with, nor instant quelling of the raging fire. I did however forget entirely about the indigestion. It wasn't until about an hour or so later when in my addled state I hade a brief moment of panic thinking I was going to be up all night with burning guts because I'd run out of the pink goo (or sometimes white I think?) that I realised I didn't actually have indigestion anymore. I tried it out, twisting about and touching my toes (or as near as I could get), not a spark or flicker of fire. This I thought was much better than quaffing stuff that made me retch and pull faces worthy of a champion gurner. So I have stolen my wife's stash of this perfect little acid killing bullet, and am awaiting the storm of invective I'll get when she discovers this. I will of course deny everything and even kindly offer her some of mine until she can replace the tablets she has clearly forgotten to replenish.
Zantac can be very useful for people who suffer acid reflux, as the valve between your stomach and oesophagus isn't working properly, and the aforementioned acid can splosh around this area causing a great deal of inflammation, this can obviously do some damage over a prolonged period. So something that can stop the acid forming in excess in the first place is obviously going to be a great help
The much repeated advice to acid reflux sufferers is to raise the top of your bed (also don't eat more than half your own body weight of anything after about 6 or 7 'o'clock at night), as this problem is typically worse at night. Being horizontal means that gravity isn't keeping the stomach contents down where they should be. The wife who suffers from this (this is her reason for taking ant-acids and is very different from mine) doesn't find this raising terribly helpful, also the dog finds it difficult to get comfy on a tilted bed. One of these babies popped about an hour before sleepy time keeps the acid at bay all night.
You can apparently have Zantac administered as an injection if you have a medical condition that needs regular treatment with the medication such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which causes you to produce too much acid -I came across this information whilst looking up the ingredients of Zantac (at http://www.pharmland.net/customer_module/customer/ buy-Zantac/), my eyes aren't good enough to read the small print off the pack, I thought it was interesting enough to share. The injection can also be given on a short term basis if you cannot take oral medication.
I would say this is a superb ant-acid and would highly recommend it in any of it's forms to those who are a martyr to that horrible acid burn.
The active ingredient in Zantac is as previously mentioned Ranitidine, other ingredients are:
Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Methylhydroxypropylcellulose (E464), Titanium Dioxide (E171), Red Iron Oxide (E172) and Triacetin.
Price and price comparisons
A huge £12.25 for 48 tablets of Zantac 75 at Boots (with 48 advantage points)
Same identical product in same packaging is being sold at Tesco at £3.18 for 12 which means it costs 47p more per the same quantity than at Boots.
Gavilast Ranitidine at Asda is a whopping £4.00 for 12
£2.97 for 12 at Sainsbury's
Ranitidine (Tesco's own brand) however costs only £1.00 for 12!
I know which ones we'll be buying when possible from now on. If you get regular acid attacks it may be worth discussing a prescription from your Dr. Perhaps only worth it if you live in areas where prescriptions are free. Of course if you are getting severe indigestion regularly you should check with your doctor anyway, there could be underlying causes, or damage being done by the over production of acid on a regular basis.
I've taken one star off only because of the price discrepancy between this and Ranitidine
Summary: A handy easy on the tongue effective ant-acid
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