What pill is round,pink, and reads ip 253

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.

Brand Names:

  • Tritec®
  • Zantac®
  • Zantac® 75
  • Zantac® EFFERdose®
  • Zantac® Premixed
  • Zantac® Syrup

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.

Updated on Tuesday, January 21 2014 at 11:41AM EST