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Ranitidine is used to treat conditions related to the stomach, esophagus, and intestines. It is available over-the-counter and by prescription. The drug comes in tablet form and is typically taken one to four times a day. Over-the-counter ranitidine is licensed to treat heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach. The prescription form is used for treating ulcers, GERD, erosive esophagitis, and other conditions.
- Duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the first part of the intestine after the stomach) -- Ranitidine can be used to treat a duodenal ulcer and also to prevent ulcers from coming back.
- Gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers) -- Ranitidine helps to heal a stomach ulcer and to keep ulcers from returning.
- Erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus, usually due to stomach acid) -- Ranitidine can be used to heal erosive esophagitis and to prevent it from returning.
- Pathological hypersecretory conditions (in which too much stomach acid is produced), such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome or systemic mastocytosis.
- Acid indigestion
- Sour stomach.