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On April 1, 2020, the FDA requested that everybody stop taking ranitidine (brand name: Zantac). All manufacturers have been asked to stop making it, and all stores will be pulling it from their shelves.
What do I do?
Check all your medications and discard any that have the name “ranitidine” in the active ingredients.
You can change to famotidine (Pepcid AC or other brand names) or nizatidine (Axid or other brand names) that are both available without a prescription.
Let us know if you need additional help treating your symptoms.
Lifestyle choices can make a big difference, too! If you are not already doing these please try to:
Raise the head of your bed four to six inches on blocks or books so that your head is above your stomach when you sleep.
Eat smaller meals and stay upright two to three hours after eating.
Limit the following if they worsen your symptoms:
Fatty, fried or spicy foods
Peppermint, mint, chocolate, onions, tomatoes, citrus (orange, lemon, lime)
Alcohol and tobacco
How do I discard medication?
- Mix the medication with dirt, cat litter or used coffee grounds.
- Place this mixture in a sealed plastic bag.
- Throw away in the trash at home.
Questions and answers about this recall are available on the FDA website.