Ranitidine is in the class of medications known as H2-receptor antagonists or commonly called H2-blockers. This medication is over-the-counter and prescription-only which can be used as an alternative to Ranitidine belong to one of the following groups:
An antacid provides short-term and fast relief from heartburn symptoms. This type of drug can be purchased from pharmacies, supermarkets, and retail outlets. There are several antacid products available. Antacid can be bought as chewable tablets or liquid formulation. Popular brands of antacid products include:
In the UK, Ranitidine is the only H2-receptor antagonist available over-the-counter. All Ranitidine products available for the public to buy contains 75 mg of Ranitidine each tablet.
Proton Pump Inhibitors
PPIs are more effective in decreasing acid production than H2-receptor antagonists such as Ranitidine. On the other hand, they are linked with the risk of more common side effects and several possible interactions with other drugs. Every over-the-counter PPI has the same license and recommendation on the duration of treatment:
PPIs common side effects:
Esomeprazole Products Alternative to Ranitidine
Nexium Control contains 20 mg of Esomeprazole as an active ingredient. A single dose of this can settle the symptoms of heartburn for up to 24 hours. This comes in the form of tablets and capsules, available in two different pack sizes of 7 and 14 tablets.
Guardium Acid Reflux Control
Guardium Acid Reflux Control also contains Esomeprazole as an active ingredient. In the UK, it is the latest addition of products that contain Esomeprazole available without a prescription. Guardium Acid Reflux Control is used in the symptomatic management of heartburn.
Galpharm Esomeprazole offers one of the cheapest options when it comes to PPIs. This comes in two different pack sizes: 14 capsules and 7 capsules.
Omeprazole as an Alternative to Ranitidine
Omeprazole 10mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets
Omeprazole is available as pharmacy-only medicine in the form of 10 mg gastro-resistant tablets. The recommended dose for this medication is 20 mg every day to be taken for up to 14 days.
Each Pyrocalm Control tablet contains 20 mg of Omeprazole. This medicine was launched in 2019, and it is still a relatively new product. Pyrocalm Control comes in two box sizes with 7 or 14 tablets.
Pantoloc Controlcontains 20 mg of Pantoprazole each tablet. This drug is also classified as PPI. This is sold in two box sizes of 7 and 14 tablets. The recommended dose is one tablet per day which is 20 mg of Pantoprazole daily.