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Ranitidine (Zantac) may not be the right choice for every patient. In such cases, it is important to discuss with a doctor potential ranitidine alternatives.

Ranitidine Alternatives

What are your options when it comes to alternatives for ranitidine?

For Allergies and Allergic Reactions

The most common choice for treating allergies is an antihistamine, such as loratadine (Claritin). For an allergic reaction benadryl or diphenhydramine would be the fastest acting.

For Babies

A pediatrician might recommend a histamine h2 receptor antagonist for conditions like pediatric GERD. Some common choices would be cimetidine (Tagamet) or famotidine (Pepcid). Always follow pediatric dosing or guidelines by a physician.

For Anaphylaxis

For anaphylaxis call 911 or poison control. An EPI Pen should be administered and if possible benadryl or diphenhydramine.

For Heartburn, GERD and Acid Reflux

There are a variety of products one could take for these conditions, such as proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid). 

For Dogs

The vet might suggest switching to an H2 receptor antagonist such as cimetidine (Tagamet).  Do not give your pet any medications unless authorized by a veterinarian.

For Pregnancy

There are a number of over-the-counter medications available to expectant mothers, including antacids like Tums or Rolaids.

For Hives

Taking an H2 receptor antagonist such as cimetidine (Tagamet) or famotidine (Pepcid) can be effective for chronic hives. Diphenhydramine may also be a good medication for hives.

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