The Ranitidine was prescribed for inflamed colon & "mild" ulcers. I'm curious how long drug therapy generally lasts. I have been taking once a day at bedtime for what seems to be a very long time. I started taking it in mid July and I believe it causes me to have headaches.
In one study performed to assess the effectiveness of using ranitidine to treat duodenal ulcers (upper intestinal ulcers), 73% of people who took the medicine had healed ulcers after four weeks of treatment. Only 45% of people who were not taking it had their duodenal ulcer heal within four weeks. Another study looking at preventing duodenal ulcers from returning after healing found that 35% of people taking ranitidine had another duodenal ulcer within one year, compared to 59% of people not taking it.
In a study involving ranitidine and gastric ulcer (stomach ulcer) treatment, 68% of people taking the medication experienced healing within six weeks. Ulcers healed in 51% of people who were not on ranitidine. Studies have also shown that the medication can help prevent stomach ulcers from returning after they have healed.
The most common side effect reported has been headaches, maybe you should talk to the doc/pharmacist to discontinue ranitidine.
Take care, best wishes!
- Ranitidine Information for Consumers
- Ranitidine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ranitidine (detailed)
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