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GenRx Ranitidine

Contains the active ingredient ranitidine (as hydrochloride)
Consumer Medicine Information

NOTICE: This Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is intended for persons living in Australia. This page contains answers to some common questions about GenRx Ranitidine. It does not contain all the information that is known about GenRx Ranitidine. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risk of you using this medicine against the benefits he/she expects it will have for you. If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Bookmark or print this page, you may need to read it again.

What this medicine is used for

The name of your medicine is GenRx Ranitidine tablets. It contains the active ingredient ranitidine (as hydrochloride).
It is used to treat:
Duodenal ulcer
Gastric ulcer
Reflux oesophagitis
Scleroderma oesophagitis
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

How it works

Ranitidine belongs to a group of medicines called H2 antagonists or H2 blockers.
Ranitidine works by decreasing the amount of acid made by the stomach. This helps reduce pain and also allows an ulcer and/or reflux disease to heal in most people.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

Experience with ranitidine preparations in children is limited and such use has not been fully evaluated in clinical studies. It has, however, been used successfully in children aged 8 to 18 years in doses up to 150 mg twice daily.

Before you take this medicine

When you must not take it

Do not take this medicine if:
You are hypersensitive to, or have had an allergic reaction to, ranitidine or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin; fainting; or hay fever-like symptoms.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction, do not take any more of the medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at the nearest hospital.
The expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
The packaging is torn, shows signs of tampering or it does not look quite right.

Before you start to take it

Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:

1. You have allergies to:

any other medicines
any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.

2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:

kidney disease
liver disease
porphyria (rare disease of blood pigments)
lung complaint, cough or chest infection
diabetes
lowered immunity
stomach cancer
over 65 years of age.

3. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.

4. You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breastfeed. Do not take this medicine whilst breastfeeding until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.

5. You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.

6. You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.

7. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines. This includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines may interact with ranitidine. These include:
sucralfate, another medicine used to treat peptic ulcer
ketoconazole, a medicine used to treat fungal infection
heart medication e.g. procainamide
anticoagulant e.g. warfarin
benzodiazepines e.g. triazolam, midazolam
antiretrovirals e.g. atazanavir, delavirdine
antidiabetic e.g. glipizide
anticancer e.g. gefitinib
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), used to treat pain and inflammation.
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with ranitidine.

How to take this medicine

Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor. Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.

How much to take

Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with your doctor.

How to take it

Swallow each tablet whole with a drink of water.

When to take it

Take this medicine at the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect and will also help you remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take it before, with or after food.
If ranitidine is prescribed twice a day, the best time to take it is in the morning and at bedtime.
If ranitidine is prescribed once daily, the best time to take it is at bedtime.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How long to take it for

Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for missed doses.
This may increase the chance of you experiencing side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.

If you take too much (overdose)

If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively, go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

While you are taking this medicine

Things you must do

Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
you are about to be started on any new medicine
you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
you are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed
you are about to have any blood tests
you are going to have surgery or an anaesthetic or are going into hospital.
Your doctor may occasionally do tests to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent side effects. Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.

Things you must not do

Do not:
Give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Take your medicine to treat any other condition unless your doctor tells you to.
Stop taking your medicine, or change the dosage, without first checking with your doctor.

Things to be careful of

Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.
Ranitidine generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. However, as with many other medicines, ranitidine may cause dizziness or light-headedness in some people.

Possible side effects

Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking ranitidine or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
headache
dizziness or light-headedness
uncontrolled movements. This effect is reversible and should get better once you stop taking this medicine
if you are a man, breast tenderness and/or breast enlargement; loss in sexual desire or performance. The interference with sexual function is normally reversible and should get better once you stop taking this medicine
inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis)
abdominal discomfort or pain
constipation or diarrhoea (especially if antibiotics are also being taken)
sore joints and/or muscles
feeling of agitation or depression
hallucinations
loss of hair.
Inform your doctor immediately if you get any signs of liver problems which may cause one or more of the following:
generally feeling unwell
severe nausea (feeling sick)
loss of appetite
development of yellowish tinge to skin and/or eyes (jaundice)
fever
rash and/or itching
dark coloured urine
confusion
muscle tremor
vomiting (being sick)
severe stomach pain rarely caused by inflamed pancreas
blurred vision.
If you experience any of the following, stop taking your medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
unusual tiredness, shortness of breath or tendency to infections or bruising, which can be caused by upsets to "blood counts"
changes in the way the heart beats; either faster or slower
Other problems are more likely to arise from the ulcer itself rather than the treatment. For this reason, contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
pain or indigestion occurring during treatment with ranitidine
you begin to vomit blood or food
your pass black (blood-stained) motions.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.

Allergic reactions

If you think you are having an allergic reaction to ranitidine, do not take any more of this medicine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
cough, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body
rash, itching or hives on the skin
fainting
hay fever-like symptoms.

Storage and disposal

Storage

Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 25°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Disposal

If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or it has passed its expiry date, your pharmacist can dispose of the remaining medicine safely.

Product description

What GenRx Ranitidine looks like

GenRx Ranitidine tablets are available in two different strengths:
GenRx Ranitidine 150 mg tablets: white to off-white, round, biconvex film coated tablets. Scored on one side and engraved "RAN" over "150" on the other side.
Available in blister packs of 60.
GenRx Ranitidine 300 mg tablets: white to off-white, capsule-shaped, biconvex film coated tablets. Scored on one side and engraved "RAN 300" on the other side
Available in blister packs of 30.
* Not all strengths, pack types and/or pack sizes may be available.

Ingredients

Each GenRx Ranitidine tablets contains 150 mg of ranitidine (as ranitidine hydrochloride) as the active ingredient.
Each GenRx Ranitidine tablets contains 300 mg of ranitidine as (as ranitidine hydrochloride) the active ingredient.
GenRx Ranitidine tablets also contains the following inactive ingredients:
cellulose - microcrystalline
magnesium stearate
silica - colloidal anhydrous
hypromellose
polydextrose
titanium dioxide
vanillin
carnauba wax.
GenRx Ranitidine tablets are gluten-free, lactose-free, sucrose-free, tartrazine-free and free of other azo dyes.

Australian Registration Numbers

GenRx Ranitidine 150 mg tablets blister pack: AUST R 121977.
GenRx Ranitidine 300 mg tablets blister pack: AUST R 121980.

Sponsor

Apotex Pty Ltd
16 Giffnock Avenue
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
This leaflet was last updated in:
August 2015