I'm ~17 weeks and have been getting really bad reflux/heartburn that has burned my throat raw. I tried some natural remedies for a while, which have helped e.g eating yoghurt, drinking milk, sleeping propped up, but I still feel that the reflux is getting in the way of being able to drink and eat properly. I was put on omeprazole for a week, but it made me feel sick to the stomach, so I'm now wondering about asking the doctor to prescribe ranitidine. What are your experiences of using either of these; did they work and were there any side effects? I trust that these are both safe in pregnancy.
I have been taking ranitidine daily for a good 10 weeks. I was reassured by the doctor, midwife that it was safe to take. It has made a huge difference. I was throwing up all the time and have beenuch more comfortable.
My midwife and the NHS website both say ranitidine is fine. I've been taking it as needed for a few weeks now, and haven't noticed any side effects. I didn't get a prescription, just bought the tesco own stuff.
Thanks all. I've just picked up a prescription for zantac (ranitidine). The curious thing is the dose is 300mg, which seems quite high compared with the OTC dose of ~75. Wondering whether to take half (150mg) to start off with!
I lived on ranitidine during my last pregnancy and have started to need it again now im 9 weeks no side effects and its safe to take. I know the usual pregnsncy dose is 300mg a day but I stick to 150 once a day.
I felt really sick after taking the omeprazole until I started taking it on an empty stomach and not eating for an hour or so afterwards. Never had any side effects aside from constipation (counteracted by 15ml lactulose daily) after that. I was on it from 7 weeks until delivery - my heartburn disappeared with the ELCS.
I took Ranitidine last pregnancy, was prescribed it in hospital after very bad indigestion that caused chest pains and my oesophagus to spasm. Actually much scarier and more painful than labour. (and labour didn't go well either...)
This time Ranitidine just didn't do it, I was taking it and still needing way over recommended dose of Gaviscon (yuk) so tried Omeprazole and found it made a huge difference. I don't need any Gaviscon now! I am only on one table a day, I think of 200mg.
I also found last time that eating earlier in the day and cutting out certain trigger foods (fruit juice, tomatoes etc) helped.
A lady on here told me to try Zantac which you can buy over counter, 75mg twice a day it's the same as Ranitidine I went and bought it as was in agony one night. 5.99 for box and they are really good, don't take more that two in 24 hours, I double checked with midwife and she said fine to take.
So I took my first dose (150mg - halved the pill!) last night, and I did sleep better - 5 hours woohoo! Needed a glug of Gaviscon too though, before dropping off. Hope we all remain heartburn and reflux -free! x
150mg zantac a day (before i go to bed) seems to be working - I can actually sleep through the night, without waking up coughing/gagging! Side effects seem to be constipation, stomach pain and lack of appetite (I feel like my stomach is emptying slower). Not too bad, and will hopefully wear off in a few days. xx