Ranitidine reduces stomach acid and is commonly prescribed to children diagnosed with acid reflux. However, it has a sharp, bitter taste that some children find unpalatable. It's available in tablet and liquid form, and children are usually prescribed the liquid version. This is due to the ease with which the dose can be changed when using the liquid version, as the dosage is dependent on weight and will increase as your child grows. Liquid ranitidine was originally developed and approved for adults and has a base that contains alcohol, which is still a concern for some parents.
A compounding pharmacy can improve the taste and remove the alcohol from the base. Compounding services are carried out by a highly-trained pharmacist who is licenced to make changes to the ingredients in certain medications. Here's an overview of how a compounding pharmacy can alter your child's ranitidine prescription:
They Can Improve the Taste
The bitter taste of ranitidine can't be removed as it comes from the active ingredient itself, but the taste can be disguised. A compounding pharmacy can add fruit-flavoured syrup without altering the strength of the medicine. If you simply add syrup to the bottle yourself, you will dilute it and your child won't receive the therapeutic dose they were prescribed. Strawberry and cherry flavoured syrups are popular choices, but the pharmacy will have a range of flavours for your child to try.
They Can Remove the Alcohol
Ethanol, the type of alcohol used in liquid ranitidine, is processed by the liver, and some parents are unhappy about their child ingesting even small amounts of ethanol. Doctors tend to be happy to prescribe ranitidine to children as the ethanol content is low and it's an effective drug, so the benefit is considered to outweigh the risk. If you'd rather not give your child ethanol, a compounding pharmacy can change the standard base. A sugar-free syrup base is a common alternative to the alcohol base. The syrup base contains artificial sweeteners, so if your child is sensitive to artificial sweeteners, the pharmacist will work with you to come up with a suitable alternative.
Your doctor can provide details of local compounding pharmacies, and all you need is your child's regular prescription. However, you should take your child's prescription to a compounding pharmacy at least a few days before your child's existing supply of ranitidine runs out, as these specialised pharmacies tend to be busy and cover a large geographical area.Share