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How long does Zantac take to work?

I checked the memories and didn't see an entry about this, so...
My 6 month old son was diagnosed with reflux and started on Zantac on Friday. It's Monday and we haven't seen much of an improvement. The ped said that we should see a difference by the end of the weekend and should see the full effect by the end of the week.

I was wondering what everyone's experience with Zantac has been. How long did it take before your baby got some relief? Did it not work in some cases? It seems like Josh's morning feed goes well, but he gets worse as the day goes on. I'm just hoping that we can fix this for him ASAP. Thanks in advance for your input.



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Jun. 24th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
You need to give it a good week. It works for some, didn't work for my son and we now have him on Losec.
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
Oh and I found after 48 hours Zantac 'worked' for about 2 days then Asher's reflux got really bad again.
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Zantac started working like a week after giving it to my little one, but we've now moved on to prevacid and we're adding reglan. He was puking copious amts every 5 minutes for 2-3 hours the other night. Not fun!
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Yikes! We don't get the puking - just the arching back and crying. Not fun either way, I guess. =/
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
My youngest had really bad reflux and refused to take the meds so I took him to a Chiropractor who specialized in peds and it seemed to stop the reflux. Just a thought!
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
I noticed an immediately difference with my daughter but I also noticed a quick difference when her dose stopped working. It worked really well for about 3 weeks and then suddenly it was back to geysers again, so I called her pedi and he told me a higher dosage we could give her. I'm just hoping in 3 weeks we're not dealing with this again. I will say that when it works, it works well.
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
From what I know you have to keep changing the dosage of Zantac to go by bubs' weight, so when she gets much bigger she'll need more.
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
That's the thing is she had only gained 3 ounces (not getting into the fact that in 3 weeks she only put on 3 oz) so it couldn't of been a weight issue.
Jun. 24th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
Wow, really? Does she vomit a lot? My bubs' reflux is the silent kind.
Jun. 24th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yea she would pretty much empty her stomach before the medicine and when it stopped working. 5 - 6 time per feeding she would do at least 2 really big ones and then 3 to 4 smaller ones. The 3 oz thing wasn't related to that, she's just tiny, 9lb5.2oz at nearly 4 months.
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
We had improvement within a week. We started Zantac when she was about three months and stopped by seven.
Jun. 24th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
my almost 2 month old started on it almost a month ago. it seemed to help right away, but the past 2 weeks or so it has been making him super fussy and he's been spitting up a lot more after he takes it so i think eventually it stops working :/ i'm going to ask his ped at his appt next week.
Jun. 24th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
He may just need a higher dosage.
Jun. 24th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
My daughter went on Zantac - she was a very spitty baby anyway, but we got worried when she was getting distressed about it. After a week or so, she wasn't really spitting up much less (a little less, maybe) but she wasn't distressed anymore, so I count that as success. We never changed the dosage and she'd outgrown both the spittiness and the Zantac before her first birthday.

I hope it works well for you!
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Both of my sons had bad reflux when they were babies. My oldest was prescribed Zantac and it did no good. They wanted to try reglan, I wouldn't let them because I had a bad issue as a result of reglan during pregnancy. Then they wanted to do prevacid, but we didn't want any more prescriptions to "try"! We made sure he sat upright for 1/2 hour after feeding and we started with mylicon drops. They are WONDERFUL.

My second son was diagnosed with reflux and we just took him right to the mylicon drops and propped his crib, used the swing, carseat and bouncy seat a lot and kept him upright after eating.

Considering your little one isn't puking and is just uncomfortable from it, I would DEFINITELY recommend the mylicon drops (We used the equate version from Walmart). We gave him a few drops either right before or right after a feeding and it worked wonders! Good luck :)
Jun. 25th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
The Mylicon didn't do much for him. We tried that before we knew it was reflux. However, keeping him upright after feedings seems to help.
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