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There is little evidence to suggest a problem with ranitidine (Zantac) and pregnancy. It has a category B pregnancy rating, indicating that animal testing did not show a problem with the fetus. There are no effective human tests, however. Women expecting a baby should always consult their doctor before taking any medication, including over-the-counter drugs. 

Ranitidine and Breastfeeding

This drug is secreted in breast milk. While it’s unclear if it causes problems for the baby, it is better to use caution and avoid it unless a physician recommends taking it.

FAQ

Can ranitidine cause birth defects?

There is no evidence that ranitidine causes birth defects. It has a B’s pregnancy rating, indicating that animal testing did not show a problem with the fetus. There are no effective human tests. Women expecting a baby should always consult their doctor before taking any medication, including over-the-counter drugs.  

Does ranitidine cross the placenta?

Studies do show it does cross the placenta in animal studies. 

What antacids are safe to take during pregnancy?

Expecting mothers should always check with their doctor before taking any medication. Some common antacids recommended during pregnancy include over-the-counter products like Tums or Rolaids.

Is ranitidine safe to take now?

Any medication that someone currently has is likely subject to recall. New variations of this drug may be safe to take, but until the FDA confirms they are, it would be wise to avoid ranitidine. 

What antacids are safe during breastfeeding?

While nursing mothers should avoid ranitidine, some antacids are safe like tums or rolaids. Always check with your doctor before taking any new medication while breastfeeding. 

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