Ranitidine is an acid reducer that treats ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Ranitidine reduces stomach acid allowing for existing ulcers to heal, and may also prevent ulcers from forming. Ranitidine is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats. In addition, Ranitidine is quite frequently used to treat ulcers in horses. Ranitidine requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
Dogs, Cats & Horses
Ranitidine blocks the histamine H-2 receptor that stimulates stomach acid secretion, which reduces the irritation of existing ulcers, and may prevent new ulcers from forming.
Do not give to dogs and cats with liver or kidney disease.
Ranitidine 150 mg
Ranitidine is an H2 receptor antagonist. H2 receptor antagonists are use to reduce the production of stomach acid. Ranitidine aids in the healing of stomach ulcers and stomach ulcer formation. Ranitidine is also used to treat gastritis, esophagitis, and GERD. Ranitidine may also be used for purposes other than those listed here. Ranitidine is a prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats to reduce the amount of stomach acid produced. In addition, it is often used in the treatment of ulcers in horses. The usual dose in dogs and cats is 0.25 to 1 mg/lb, every 8 to 12 hours. The usual dose in horses is 5-10 mg/kg 2 to 4 times a day.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has heart, liver, or kidney disease. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant since it may affect weight gain.
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Ranitidine should not be given with food. Food will decrease its effectiveness. Store Ranitidine at room temperature away from moisture and light. Keep this medication away from children and pets.
For dogs and cats, if any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Ranitidine and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives). Side effects are rare but may include diarrhea or irregular heartbeat. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.
Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
Overdose is rare. If overdose is suspected, seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of Ranitidine overdose may include vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, muscle tremors, and rapid breathing.
Ranitidine should not be used in pets allergic to it. Use Ranitidine with caution in pets with heart, kidney, or liver disease. Use with caution in pregnant females.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given antacids, acetaminophen, ketoconazole or itraconazole, metoprolol, nifedipine, propantheline, and long term use of Vitamin B12, as interactions can occur. Give Ranitidine 2 hours before or 2 hours after the other medications. When given with azathioprine, Ranitidine may further decrease white blood cell counts. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Ranitidine. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.
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