Zantac (Ranitidine)

To prevent the ulcers in the stomach and the intestines, ranitidine, a type of Histamine-2 antagonist, is prescribed.  Histamine-2 antagonists are drugs that hinder the production of acid in the stomach and reducing the chances of causing ulcers.  It is also used to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, the stomach’s excessive production of acid, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn caused by the backflow of acid from the stomach into the esophagus.  It is manufactured under the trade name, Zantac, by GlaxoSmithKline, and over-the-counter by Pfizer.

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