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Tritec Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ranitidine bismuth citrate (Tritec)?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease; or
  • acute porphyria.

You may not be able to take ranitidine bismuth citrate, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Ranitidine bismuth citrate is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is unknown whether ranitidine bismuth citrate will harm an unborn baby. Do not take ranitidine bismuth citrate without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is also not known whether ranitidine bismuth citrate passes into breast milk. Do not take ranitidine bismuth citrate without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take ranitidine bismuth citrate (Tritec)?

Take ranitidine bismuth citrate exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Ranitidine bismuth citrate is usually taken twice a day (every 12 hours) for 4 weeks. You will probably also take the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) three times a day for the first 2 weeks of therapy. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Do not stop taking this medication unless your doctor tells you it is all right to do so, even if you are feeling better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely treated.

Store ranitidine bismuth citrate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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