Not Medical Advice: Pill imprint IP 253 has been identified as Ranitidine hydrochloride 150 mg.
Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), a disorder in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and disorders where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Over-the-counter ranitidine is used to treat and prevent symptoms of heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach. The pill is in a class of medications called H2 blockers which decreases the amount of acid made in the stomach. Ranitidine comes as an effervescent tablet, a tablet, effervescent granules, and a syrup to take by mouth.
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According to The Seattle Times, reflux and heartburn have reached alarming levels, a troubling footnote to our modern lifestyle. One in three Americans experiences gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with more than $13 billion spent annually on heartburn drugs, including proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexxium, the top seller of all drugs in 2012. Find out more here.