Ranitidine Hydrochloride

RANITIDINE HYDROCHLORIDE- ranitidine hydrochloride capsule
Sandoz Inc


Ranitidine hydrochloride (HCl), USP is a histamine H2 -receptor antagonist. Chemically it is N -[2-[[[5-[(dimethylamino)methyl]-2-furanyl]methyl]thio]ethyl]-N’ -methyl-2-nitro-1,1-ethenediamine, HCl.

It has the following structure:

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The molecular formula is C13 H22 N4 O3 S • HCl, representing a molecular weight of 350.87.

Ranitidine hydrochloride, USP is a white to pale yellow, granular substance that is soluble in water. It has a slightly bitter taste and sulfur-like odor.

Each capsule, for oral administration contains 167 mg or 335 mg of ranitidine hydrochloride, USP equivalent to 150 mg and 300 mg of ranitidine, respectively. Inactive ingredients: ammonium hydroxide, colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, FD & C Blue #1, FD & C Red #40, FD & C Yellow #6, gelatin, magnesium stearate, pharmaceutical glaze, propylene glycol, simethicone, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide.


Ranitidine hydrochloride is a competitive, reversible inhibitor of the action of histamine at the histamine H2 -receptors, including receptors on the gastric cells. Ranitidine hydrochloride does not lower serum Ca++ in hypercalcemic states. Ranitidine hydrochloride is not an anticholinergic agent.



Ranitidine hydrochloride capsules are 50% absorbed after oral administration, compared to an intravenous (IV) injection with mean peak levels of 440 to 545 ng/mL occurring 2 to 3 hours after a 150 mg dose. Absorption is not significantly impaired by the administration of food or antacids. Propantheline slightly delays and increases peak blood levels of ranitidine, probably by delaying gastric emptying and transit time. In one study, simultaneous administration of high-potency antacid (150 mmol) in fasting subjects has been reported to decrease the absorption of ranitidine hydrochloride.


The volume of distribution is about 1.4 L/kg. Serum protein binding averages 15%.


In humans, the N-oxide is the principal metabolite in the urine; however, this amounts to <4% of the dose. Other metabolites are the S-oxide (1%) and the desmethyl ranitidine (1%). The remainder of the administered dose is found in the stool. Studies in patients with hepatic dysfunction (compensated cirrhosis) indicate that there are minor, but clinically insignificant, alterations in ranitidine half-life, distribution, clearance, and bioavailability.


The principal route of excretion is the urine, with approximately 30% of the orally administered dose collected in the urine as unchanged drug in 24 hours. Renal clearance is about 410 mL/min, indicating active tubular excretion. The elimination half-life is 2.5 to 3 hours. Four patients with clinically significant renal function impairment (creatinine clearance 25 to 35 mL/min) administered 50 mg of ranitidine intravenously had an average plasma half-life of 4.8 hours, a ranitidine clearance of 29 mL/min, and a volume of distribution of 1.76 L/kg. In general, these parameters appear to be altered in proportion to creatinine clearance (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).


The plasma half-life is prolonged and total clearance is reduced in the elderly population due to a decrease in renal function. The elimination half-life is 3 to 4 hours. Peak levels average 526 ng/mL following a 150 mg twice-daily dose and occur in about 3 hours (see PRECAUTIONS: Geriatric Use and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION: Dosage Adjustment for Patients with Impaired Renal Function).


There are no significant differences in the pharmacokinetic parameter values for ranitidine in pediatric patients (aged from 1 month up to 16 years) and healthy adults when correction is made for body weight. The average bioavailability of ranitidine given orally to pediatric patients is 48%, which is comparable to the bioavailability of ranitidine in the adult population. All other pharmacokinetic parameter values (t1/2 , Vd, and CL) are similar to those observed with intravenous ranitidine use in pediatric patients. Estimates of Cmax and Tmax are displayed in Table 1.

Table 1. Ranitidine Pharmacokinetics in Pediatric Patients Following Oral Dosing










Gastric or

duodenal ulcer

(3.5 to 16 years)



(1 to 2 mg/kg)

54 to 492


Otherwise healthy

requiring Ranitidine Hydrochloride

(0.7 to 14 years,

Single dose)



(2 mg/kg)



Otherwise healthy

requiring Ranitidine Hydrochloride

(0.7 to 14 years,

Multiple dose)



(2 mg/kg)



Plasma clearance measured in two neonatal patients (less than 1 month of age) was considerably lower (3 mL/min/kg) than children or adults and is likely due to reduced renal function observed in this population (see PRECAUTIONS: Pediatric Use and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION: Pediatric Use).


Serum concentrations necessary to inhibit 50% of stimulated gastric acid secretion are estimated to be 36 to 94 ng/mL. Following a single oral dose of 150 mg, serum concentrations of ranitidine are in this range up to 12 hours. However, blood levels bear no consistent relationship to dose or degree of acid inhibition.

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