Generic Name: CIMETIDINE - ORAL Pronounced: (sye-MET-uh-deen) Heartburn Oral Precautions
Before taking ranitidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to other H2 histamine blockers (e.g., cimetidine,
famotidine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain
inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain
medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or
pharmacist if you have:
a certain blood disorder (porphyria)
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
immune system problems
lung diseases (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary
other stomach problems (e.g., tumors)
Some symptoms may actually be signs of a...
Every doctor has patients that he or she has treated over a lifetime that can be recalled to memory. Often, it is because the circumstances of their care were particularly troubling or difficult. These memories pop up at unexpected times. Many years ago I was called to the emergency room to see a very pleasant 50 year-old woman for chest pain. Upon arrival, I noted a somewhat "ripe" (like an orange that had "passed its prime") smell to the room, a very lovely well made up lady, seated, breathing quite heavily, and unable to lie down without gasping for air. Underneath my hand when I went to examine her heart was a hard lump the size of a robin's egg in her breast. My stethoscope revealed clear evidence that her lungs were filled with fluid. Her laboratory tests quickly returned demonstrating proof of a heart attack, diabetic ketoacidosis, and a leukemoid (suggesting leukemia) reaction. I still recall the feeling of helplessness as I debated with mysel...
Chest pain is one of the scariest symptoms a person can have because the first thing we usually think of is a heart attack. Of course, any new chest pain should be considered a medical emergency and checked out right away. But once a heart problem has been ruled out, one of the possibilities your doctor may consider is costochondritis. Costochondritis ((kos-toe-KHON-dri-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It is one of the most common cause of musculoskeletal chest pain. Symptoms: The two main symptoms of costochondritis are pain and tenderness in the chest wall, specifically where the ribs attach to the breastbone.
Pain – The pain of costochondritis is usually described as sharp and/or stabbing, but may also be dull, burning or gnawing. Often the pain gets worse when coughing or taking a deep breath. There may also be some difficulty breathing. The location of the pain can be on either...
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