Ranitidine HCl is a histamine-2 receptor blocker, or H2 blocker. It is available over-the-counter to treat acid reflux and heartburn. Doctors use prescription-strength ranitidine to treat GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), ulcers, and other stomach conditions. Zantac is the brand name.
Sarah Lewis is a pharmacist and a medical writer with over 25 years of experience in various areas of pharmacy practice. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She completed Pharmacy Practice Residency training at the University of Pittsburgh/VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
A pancreatitis diet typically focuses on avoiding foods that trigger flare-ups. Learn which pancreatitis foods you should avoid, what to put on your pancreatitis diet food list, and how to get proper nutrition with pancreatitis.
No one knows for sure what causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). What brings on its symptoms, though, is a bit clearer. How you eat and what you eat can make a difference. So can several things that have nothing to do with food. Knowing these triggers and what to do about them can help you manage your IBS.
Somewhere between the bandages and pain relievers, your medicine cabinet already may be stocked with supplements that aid digestive health. Certain supplements help prevent tummy troubles, while others come to your rescue when issues arise.
Nagging symptoms such as chronic abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea are all reasons to see a gastroenterologist. These doctors are trained to treat conditions that affect the organs of the digestive tract.