Can I ask if anyone has been prescribed this? I had a very good telephone consultation with my Rheumatologist on Thursday. We spoke about an overhaul of my medication as I suffer such a dry mouth at night , it’s waking me at least twice a night. I thought it was the Methotrexate bit she seemed to think it was more likely to be the high dose of Omeprozole I take (40mg!) I take that because I also take a high dose ante inflammatory Etodolac (600mg!) I thought Ranitidine had been banned in the USA bust my consultant suggested I try it ! Also, what do other people take to protect their stomach? She’s also going to prescribe a spray for me to help my dry mouth. Have to say it was a very good consultation, until I recognised the name Ranitidine.
Ranitidine?: Can I ask if anyone has been prescribed... - NRAS
Unfortunately, you won't be able to get Ranitidine as I understand that it has been withdrawn. I have been prescribed Sodium Alginate instead despite telling the surgery that the foul stuff makes me heave. It's the texture I find revolting and difficult to take four times a day in view of having to take other medications. I hope you can find something that suits you
Looks like it’s off fir the foreseeable futures
supply situation or regulatory position on oral ranitidine products. At present in Europe all suppliers of ranitidine’s active ingredient have had their Certificate of Suitability (CEP) suspended. Therefore, until regulatory investigations are complete, no further supplies of ranitidine products can be manufactured.
• The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have instructed suppliers of oral ranitidine in the UK to quarantine ALL affected, unreleased stock at manufacturer level whilst their investigations are ongoing. The MHRA are continually reviewing whether batches of ranitidine in quarantine can be released.
• Ranitidine 50mg/2ml injection is anticipated to be unavailable from the end of May 2020 until further notice.
• Ranitidine tablets, effervescent tablets and oral solution will continue to be unavailable with no date for resupply until further notice.
• There are current short-term supply issues affecting
SORRY H H,,,,,THIS WAS MEANT FOR MAGGSIE
copied the above from thé MHRA website...you would kinda think they would be up to date?
Although it does say from the end of May 2020 .....so maybe your pharmacist is just using up the stock he has?
I was actually in my pharmacist this morning which is in My GP practice & I did ask if I could buy it over-the-counter and he said “you can’t get it at all Right now”.
Last time it was taken off the shelves I found some in a little chemist’s corner shop, in out of the way village near Shipston on Stour.if I’m passing I might pop in & see if he has a hoard!
It seems like there was a massive overreaction to ranitidine and it was withdrawn. I used to take Zantac (which contained ranitidine) for heartburn and it worked better than anything else I've tried. Now I can't get hold of it.
Like you, omeprazole gives me a dry mouth but I only take 20mg. Apparently having something to eat 45 minutes AFTER taking omeprazole will help it work for longer. A doctor told me that, but I don't know if it's true.
All forms/brands of ranitidine have been recalled now Barb, no date set to manufacture again, just not available until further notice. GP's are still prescribing it even though the directive was sent not to & all pharmacies were instructed to return stocks, not all did.
It's an H2 blocker, the H stands for histamine, so it works in a different way to the newer ppi's, the 'prazoles (omeprazole, lansoprazole, es omeprazole etc). Options are out there (famotidine, nizatidine & cimetidine) & work similarly well to ranitidine but are considerably more expensive so I would think will only be prescribed unless there's no other option, if prescribed one of the ppi's, or an increase doesn't help or just don't work or side effects are intolerable.
My h has an appointment with his Gastroenterologist next month & is going to discuss the options for him.
I was on Ranitidine (Omeprazole caused problems) but can't get it now.
GP substituted it with Cimetidine but then almost instantly a different GP deleted it and replaced it with Omeprazole on my repeat list! It took a while to explain to them I was taken off Omeprazole for good reasons and I would not be taking it, it would be going back to the pharmacy for disposal and could I please have Cimetidine. Lots of deliberation but eventually got a second pack of Cimetidine.
Just ordered another supply .... fingers crossed this time!
Is the lack of availability of Ranitidine in the UK very recent? I ask because I got some on prescription just over a month ago. This is the first I've heard of this whole thing, looking into it it looks like only certain batches have been recalled.
I'm on ranitidine as omeprazole was interacting weirdly with my methotrexate (giving me big, painful, pus-filled spots all over my legs, mmm!)
This is one of the reasons I wasn’t happy on such a high dose as I had read about possible problems. I do have copies of all my blood test results for this reason but I’m also very realistic about all the possible side effects to any of the medications we have to take. I’m quite sure whatever stomach pill I end up taking will have worrying side effects. My friend and a neighbour both have Kidney disease from medications they have had to take for health problems. I’m sorry you weren’t told about your kidney problems. That’s not good.
I usually take over the counter ranitidine as & when I need it but didn’t know it has been taken off as not been shopping since lockdown. If I havnt got any I take half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in warm water twice a day, once in the morning before breakfast & once before bedtime & that really does the trick for me, xx
I'm afraid it wasn’t one batch that was recalled bart, it was across the whole brands/generics. The chemists you use shouldn’t have any stock to fulfil scripts, they should have returned any stocks they held. This link is one of the alerts sent to pharmacies psnc.org.uk/our-news/class-..., this gives the latest update (supply notification) psnc.org.uk/our-news/supply...
Please speak advice from your original prescriber. The should offer you an alternative.
I have looked at the government website. It is certain batches recalled you check the number on the packet to see if this is one of the recalled batches. My consultant who I saw last week told me to take them the chemist also told me that it is certain batches .
Ranitidine film-coated tablets, effervescent tablets and oral solution continue to remain unavailable with no date for resupply.
All formulations of Ranitidine are affected due to on-going regulatory investigations into the presence of the contaminant, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), in samples of Ranitidine active substance PSNC (Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee,
June 17, 2020
What was the date on the Gov.uk website Bart? I ask as not all Pharmaceutical companies brands were recalled at once so dates can vary from Sept 2019 through to April 2020. Was the Gov notice link you posted prior to April? Unfortunately neither my links or yours are being accepted for some reason.
The MHRA has issued an alert to healthcare professionals, as Teva UK Ltd is recalling all unexpired stock of certain batches of 2 types of Ranitidine medicines used to treat conditions such as heartburn and stomach ulcers.
The 2 products affected are Ranitidine Effervescent Tablets 150 micrograms and 300 mg. The list of batches affected can be checked on the MHRA’s drug alert.
That's from UK government