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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ranitidine, Zantacnoun

    a histamine blocker and antacid (trade name Zantac) used to treat peptic ulcers and gastritis and esophageal reflux


  1. ranitidinenoun

    A furan which blocks the histamine H2-receptors, to prevent the secretion of gastric acid.

  2. Etymology: A blend of (fu)ran + nit(ro-) + -idine.


  1. Ranitidine

    Ranitidine, sold under the brand name Zantac among others, is a medication used to decrease stomach acid production. It is commonly used in treatment of peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and Zollinger–Ellison syndrome. It can be given by mouth, injection into a muscle, or injection into a vein. In September 2019, the probable carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was discovered in ranitidine products from a number of manufacturers, resulting in recalls. In April 2020, ranitidine was withdrawn from the United States market and suspended in the European Union and Australia due to these concerns.Common side effects include headaches and pain or burning if given by injection. Serious side effects may include liver problems, a slow heart rate, pneumonia, and the potential of masking stomach cancer. It is also linked to an increased risk of Clostridium difficile colitis. Ranitidine is an H2 histamine receptor antagonist that works by blocking histamine, thus decreasing the amount of acid released by cells of the stomach.Ranitidine was discovered in England in 1976, and came into commercial use in 1981. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines. It is available as a generic medication. In 2020, it was the 177th most commonly prescribed medication in the United States, with more than 3 million prescriptions.


  1. ranitidine

    Ranitidine is a type of medication, specifically an H2 blocker, that decreases the amount of acid created by the stomach. It is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines, and also treat conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Additionally, ranitidine can be used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions in which acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing heartburn.


  1. Ranitidine

    Ranitidine is a histamine H2-receptor antagonist that inhibits stomach acid production. It is commonly used in treatment of peptic ulcer disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Ranitidine is also used alongside fexofenadine and other antihistamines for the treatment of skin conditions such as hives. Ranitidine is also known to give false positives for methamphetamine on drug tests.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ranitidine

    A non-imidazole blocker of those histamine receptors that mediate gastric secretion (H2 receptors). It is used to treat gastrointestinal ulcers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ranitidine in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ranitidine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ranitidine in a Sentence

  1. Khandaker Sagir Ahmed:

    We have banned the import of raw materials, production and sale of ranitidine until further notice.

  2. Drugmaker Novartis:

    A precautionary distribution stop of all Sandoz ranitidine-containing medicines in all our markets will remain in place under further clarification, this includes capsules in the USA. Our internal investigation is ongoing to determine further details. In case of concerns, adequate additional measures will be implemented in alignment with relevant Health Authorities as required.

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