Advice Regarding Recall of Zantac/Gertac/Ranitidine to Patients attending Tallaght University Hospital / Trinity Health Kidney Centre for care of their Kidney Transplant:
You may have been contacted by your Pharmacy regarding the recall of products containing Ranitidine. As yet we do not know how long this medication will be unavailable for.
We advise the following:
1. If you have been on this medicine for a long time and get no symptoms of heartburn, it may be possible to simply discontinue the medicine following discussion with your prescriber.
2. If you get heartburn after a trial of discontinuation, We advise use of famotidine 20mg daily or 40mg daily. This is not automatically reimbursed by various drug reimbursement schemes and may require individual re-imbursement request forms to be completed.
3. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to use a class of drug called “Proton Pump Inhibitors” such as omeprazole or lansoprazole.
If you are affected by the Ranitidine recall, you should discuss these options with your prescriber.