Trying to recover from ppis using ranitidine

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Hi, my stomach has been wrecked by ppis so I'm now using ranitidine/zantac (300mg) to help but I have been feeling queasy and dizzy at different points in the day since I started them. Did anyone else notice side effects? Thanks.

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    Hi laura1234567, I've had major problems with omeprazole, but have never taken ranitidine. I did a quick Internet search, and found the following statement:

    "One type of dizziness is called vertigo. ... It has been reported that atenolol and ranitidine (Zantac) cause dizziness in a small percentage of people.Jan 18, 2004"

    So apparently this is a known side effect of zantac.

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      Thanks Groc. I can cope with the dizzy spells but the nausea is hard going 😦. Omeprazole really messed me up too, you're not alone.

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    You might want to google "ask a patient ranitidine" and check out the patient reviews and comments. It was this type of research of prilosec that led me to all the answers I needed as to what was causing my horrendous side effects. Sorry, I really don't mean to sound negative as I know that there are some people who may need these drugs, but alot of these are symptoms that are not listed and doctors either don't know, or don't tell you about. I had to figure this out through my own research.

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    I was prescribed PPIs several years ago, then I started reading up on them & didn't like what I read, so I opted for Ranitidine. My GP prescribed 150mg twice a day but in fact I only needed one a day. I then discovered that they caused restless legs. I was also prescribed Gaviscon Advance after every meal, again, I only take it at night when necessary & as an alternative to Ranitidine.

    I found that the OTC Ranitidine, which is only 75mg, helps but without the side effects, the generic ones are relatively cheap.

    So, in amongst all of that, try the lowest dose of Ranatidine, 75mg . I forget how often they tell you that you can take them. If they aren't helpful, then perhaps the 150mg tablet - prescribed, might help

    Good luck everyone!

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    I forgot, I mentioned a brand name, common brand but it puts it into moderation.

    An edited version.

    Try buying the otc version of Ranitidine, which is 75mg if that doesn't help, then try 150mg. I am prescribed 150mg twice a day but I only take it once a day when necessary. It tends to give me restless legs.

    I took PPIs for a couple of years till I read up on it & didn't like what I read.

    The drug that they have to moderate is white liquid in a brown bottle! Good luck everyone

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      Thanks mrsmop, could rls cause aching legs in bed? I have been having that and now wonder if it is the ranitidine?? I'm going to try to reduce to 75mg soon.

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      hi laura, just checking in to see how you're doing. Have you recovered from the ppi side effects yet? Are things getting better for you?

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      Hi Groc, thank you for thinking of me. I'm feeling better thanks. Stomach not quite back to normal but getting there and anxiety is reduced. How are things for you? Laura

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      So glad to hear you're recovering. I have been having good days and bad days. Mainly with tension in stomach/muscles, anxiety, and low mood, but I'm a fighter. Looking forward to better days!

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      You definitely seem like a fighter to me 😃. I recently downloaded an app called Let's Meditate and it has some wonderful guided meditations. I found 'the seat' and 'chakra mist' particularly calming. I'd recommend it for the moments you're feeling tense. I hope you can access it.

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      I was able to download the 'Let's Meditate' app, but it doesn't work on my phone for some reason. (keeps crashing as soon as I open it), tried several times. So I've been using the 'Headspace' app again. I'm doing all I can think of laura. Some days I feel like I'm getting on top of it, and other days I feel like I'm exhausting myself trying. These side effects are definitely not to be underestimated. I just keep telling myself that with each day, things are slowly getting better. So at 47 days off of the drug, and doing all the healthy things that I can think of, I would imagine they would have to be. I'm just looking forward to having more good days than bad. Patience is not one of my strongest virtues, so must now work harder on that. Toughest mental/physical battle of my entire life for sure!

      Keep up the good work! You sound like you're getting on top of things now and thanks again for your advice and support. Like you said before, it really does help to have somebody to talk to that knows exactly what you're going through. 😃

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      That's a pity, it works on my android phone. There are loads of apps available so you can always search about if you get bored of headspace. I'm not far behind you in terms of days. Can't believe how long it takes to recover. I see improvement week to week rather than day to day. You are doing so well, you just need to let time pass. x

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