Can I take Loperamide [Imodium] and Ranitidine [Zantac] together?
Loperamide (and the brand name Imodium) is a medication used to treat diarrhea. It is typically tolerated by most people very well when taken at the recommended dose. The most common side effects include constipation, abdominal pain and nausea. In extremely rare instances it has been associated with serious allergic reactions, it is advisable to avoid use if you have a high fever or bloody diarrhea and do not use in children without doctor approval.
Ranitidine (and the brand name Zantac) is an H2 blocker. It is an acid reducer(not to be confused with an antacid). It is use to treat heart burn and treats or prevents ulcers.
There has not been any major interactions identified between loperamide and ranitidine when taken at proper doses. In fact, certain situations may require both medications to control symptoms. Diarrhea associated with acid stomach or heart burn could respond well to both medications. Imodium and Zantac together may improve symptoms better than either alone.
Keep in mind, dehydration is always a concern when diarrhea occurs. Please see a healthcare provider if symptoms persist or are severe.