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not all brands of ranitidine are the same

Post: #1
11-19-2012, 01:25 AM
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not all brands of ranitidine are the same

I ran out of Zantac last week and was in another part of town running errands so I stopped at the local pharmacy. They had generic ranitidine and it was much cheaper than the brand name version so I bought it and started using it. Later that day, I had a horrible case of reflux and bloating. It was awful. I kept taking the medication hoping that the reflux would die down but it was actually becoming worse than anything I have experienced in a while. Finally I asked my husband to get me the Zantac and once I took it, I was better in no time. This is strange and I don't understand why medications with the same active ingredient would cause so many problems. Thoughts?




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Post: #2
11-19-2012, 08:29 PM
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RE: not all brands of ranitidine are the same

From what I have read, its the "inactive" ingredients that can vary considerably amongst these medications. This would make the medications different such that one would be more or less effective or irritating than another. I would not even assume that different generics for the same medication would be the same.




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Post: #3
11-22-2012, 02:05 AM
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RE: not all brands of ranitidine are the same

I can see that. I just never thought about it until I had this episode. Now I have some medication to return or throw away. That wasn't as much of a deal as I thought it would be. I still would like to try other generic versions because the brand names are really milking it with their prices. All I end up doing is paying for their marketing efforts.




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Post: #4
11-22-2012, 07:56 PM
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RE: not all brands of ranitidine are the same

Very true. I cut my costs with generics but I didn't have the same negative reactions that you did. You may find that it takes a bit more effort and suffering to find the right one for you.




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Post: #5
11-24-2012, 03:42 PM
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RE: not all brands of ranitidine are the same

Generic brands can be cheaper, but in some cases don't work as effectively because of the inactive ingredient as someone pointed out. I have also heard this on the news. However, this is a really a crap shoot when you think about it, because it also comes down to an individual what didn't work for you may work just fine for someone else. My brother takes a generic allergy pill and has no issue with it. I myself have taken generic versions of Acid Reflux medications and found them to work effectively, so it may come down to your own body chemistry. You know this generic brand didn't work for you so you know in the future not to use it. But that doesn't mean that you couldn't at sometime try another generic version of Zantac, and might find that it does work effectively.



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Post: #6
11-26-2012, 10:44 PM
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RE: not all brands of ranitidine are the same

I'm with MarkLee. I don't think that the ranitidine itself is the problem, but the other ingredients that may be causing your symptoms. I am not of the opinion that brand names are better or worse than generics and often get generics because of the price difference, but I have found that I react to different medicines in the same drug pool....I actually tolerate generic ranitidine well and use it religiously. but other generics don't work for me as well as the name brand formula. Like Pafjih says, it's a bit of a crap shoot to get it right, but a miserable process while you are figuring it out.



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