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Nov 13, 2008
concerned mom
Zantac?
I was wondering if anyone has heard anything negative about Zantac? I have been giving it to my 2 month old son and am concerned about ANY side effects....thanks.
Nov 13, 2008
kubicki5
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
I have not heard of any negative effects from Zantac. The only thing is that it may not be enough if your lo has serious reflux. The Zantac is an H2 blocker that takes care of the acid already in their stomach. My daughter had to go to a PPI when she was very young because the Zantac didn't do the trick. PPIs stop the stomach from producing acid in the first place.

Studies have shown that both are safe for the little ones. Katie started prevacid and zantac when she was 2 months old.

Hope that helps.

Nov 13, 2008
maggiemom
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
sorry-I just posted on the ? below this one :)
Nov 13, 2008
maiam
maia m - GERD. Nissen Fundoplication w/hiatal hernia repair.
Mom to
Son (10) GERD(aspiration pneumonias, apnea, tracheomalacia), Food allergy, Asthma
Daughter (6) GERD, Heart Murmur, Food Allergy, Asthma, Mold allergy
Mine were both on it as tiny babies. The only "problem" was that they needed to increase the dose often, because it is very weight sensitive (as child gets bigger, they need more med). The other issue was that mine needed stronger/more meds.
Nov 13, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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My lo was on Zantac at 6 weeks old (and she was a preemie, so she was really not even supposed to be born for another 3 weeks) and we found it to have no side effects. Unfortunately, she did not have any success with zantac at that time and had to move to a PPI. She is now on Zantac again and has been since February. The only side effect we saw was that her night dose seemed to affect her sleep...she would wake up a lot, and not sleep very long at night. When her reflux got under control enough to drop the night dose, we did and she immediately started sleeping thru the night.

For those of us who medicate our babies, it is because the benefits outweigh the risks...my dd would have apnea spells and severe choking episodes from the reflux without meds (or with the wrong meds). She refluxed out her nose, too, even on the strongest meds. Long term, uncontrolled reflux can cause a lot of issues due to constantly bathing the tissues with acid...it can cause esophageal damage, damage the teeth, cause ear problems if the acid gets that high...also apnea, aspiration...

As a mommy you have to determine with the help of your los dr if the benefits to meds outweigh the risk of not medicating. Oh, and there is an herbal remedy out there (I ahve not tried it) called "colic calm" you might want to check out. The website for CC has a testimonies area that talks about good success.

Nov 13, 2008
ethan's mom
Meridith
Mom to Ethan, born 4/23/08. Diagnosed with Reflux at about 1 month, started medicating with Zantac, which wasn't helpful for us. At about 2.5 months, we started on Prevacid, twice a day, and that is working much better.
Ethan is breastfed and has a few solids that he is enjoying very much.
I talked to the GI about meds to treat reflux in infants, and he said that in general they appear to be safe, even with long term use, 1 year +. From my experience, I can say that any thing caused by the medicine, (which I haven't noticed anything) is far outweighed by the help that meds give Ethan.
Nov 13, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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2 more things...there is some research that talks about meds decreasing the absorption of certain nutrients...and very long term use of PPIs can cause kidney/liver damage...engi might be a good one to give input on the nutrient topic...Again, you have to weigh the benefit vs the risk. We give Elyse a calcium supplement and a multivitamin, both several hours after her zantac so that the zantac won't affect absorption.
Nov 15, 2008
azmom
Mom to Ian, 3/1/07
Used Zantac - 1.0 ml twice a day
Weaned at 1 year
Back on Zantac at 15 months
My son was on it from 2 months old to 17 months old. It is weight sensitive, so you'll adjust as you go. We gave it 1/2 hour before food so it would work best. The only time I was concerned was when he was 1 his poop turned really pale. That can indicate that it has caused a liver problem, but it turned out that it was only because he started whole milk. So far, it was a really positive choice for us.
Check with your
doctor first!