Can I take Klonopin and Ranitidine together? Is there a drug interaction?
Klonopin (and the generic clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It is a strong medication used to treat certain types of seizures and used to treat panic disorder. It should not be used with alcohol or certain strong pain medications as the person could stop breathing.
Ranitidine (and the brand name Zantac) is a H2 blocker. It reduces the amount of stomach acid produced and is used to heal or prevent ulcers and treat heart burn. Most people tolerated it very well with the most common side effects being nausea, headache and diarrhea.
There has not been any major interactions identified between Klonopin and Ranitidine. Antacids have been show to reduce the absorption of medications like clonazepam, however ranitidine is an acid reducer and has not been observed affecting absorption. Most people seem to use the two without incident. However, you should contact your healthcare provider if you feel there is an interaction.
Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting any medication you are uncertain of. Interactions and side effects can and do occur.