WARNING

You should call your doctor immediately if you develop any side effect while taking a drug. If you do develop side effects it is vitally important that you speak to your doctor before you stop taking your pills. Remember that this list of side effects isnít complete - you can develop virtually any side effect with virtually any drug - and remember too that some of these side effects are quite uncommon and many patients can take a drug without getting any side effects. Always follow your doctorís advice about how and when to take a drug - and if you are in any doubt at all then ask for a second opinion. The fact that one drug may be accompanied by a long list of possible side effects does not mean that it is necessarily more or less dangerous or more or less likely to produce problems than a drug which has a shorter list of possible side effects.



RANITIDINE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of duodenal ulcer and benign gastric ulcer, including that associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. In addition, ranitidine is indicated for the prevention of NSAID associated duodenal ulcers. Ranitidine is indicated for the treatment of duodenal ulcers asssociated with Helicobacter pylori infection and for the treatment of post-operative ulcer, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, and oesophageal reflux disease including the long-term management of healed oesophagitis.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually prescribed to be taken twice daily.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Hepatitis with or without jaundice; acute pancreatitis; leucopenia and thrombocytopenia; agranulocytosis, pancytopenia; hypersensitivity reaction (urticaria, angioneurotic oedema, fever, bronchospasm, hypotension, anaphylactic shock); bradycardia and A-V block; headache, sometimes severe; dizziness; reversible mental confusion, depression and hallucinations, predominantly in severely ill and elderly patients; skin rash, including erythema multiforme; musculoskeletal symptoms such as arthralgia and myalgia; breast symptoms (swelling and/or discomfort) in men.


REGAINE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of hair loss.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually applied to scalp twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Irritant dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis.


ROHYPNOL

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Inability to sleep.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: At bedtime. The lowest dose which can control symptoms should be used. Treatment should not be continued at the full dose beyond four weeks. Long-term chronic use is not recommended. Treatment should always be tapered off gradually. Patients who have taken benzodiazepines for a prolonged time may require a longer period during which doses are reduced. Specialist help may be appropriate.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Drowsiness, confusion, headache, vertigo, hypotension, gastro-intestinal upsets, skin rashes, visual disturbances, changes in libido, urinary retention, blood problems, jaundice. Little is known regarding the efficacy or safety of benzodiazepines in long term use.





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