Zantac made headlines after being recalled for containing a cancer-causing chemical, but other drugs on the market should be receiving the same attention. Metformin is still on store shelves even though it contains the same toxic chemical as Zantac. Thousands of Americans take Metformin to treat diabetes symptoms, but may be at risk for cancer due to a contaminant called NDMA.
Toxic Drug on Store Shelves
Many U.S. citizens trust pharmaceutical companies, but with Metformin still available, something isn’t adding up. Why was Zantac recalled, but not Metformin, even though they contain the same toxic chemical?
During the testing of Metformin, lab studies of rats should have sounded the alarm on NDMA’s harmful effects, as rats were found to develop tumors from this toxin. Other countries like Singapore and Canada noticed this danger and declared an official recall of Metformin. The FDA has only issued a safety warning for the U.S.
The FDA claimed its research shows that Metformin has lower levels of NDMA than Zantac, but later testing by another pharmaceutical company painted a darker picture. Testing even more batches of Metformin than the FDA, Valisure Pharmacy found that some batches of Metformin contained higher levels of NDMA than the FDA allows. They also claimed to have used more accurate testing measures in these studies, making their results even more daunting.
Risks of Taking Metformin
At the very least, since this drug is still on the market, Metformin users deserve to know the risks associated with the drug they take on a daily basis. Similar to Zantac, the illnesses associated with NDMA can be deadly or require intense treatment measures. Cancers caused by NDMA include:
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Other digestive tract cancers
NDMA can also harm the fetus if a mother takes it during pregnancy.
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Metformin may be a popular treatment for diabetes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t safer alternatives. Speak with your doctor about these safer alternatives:
- Prandin (repaglinide)
- Dapagliflozin (Farxiga)
- Actos (pioglitazone)
- Herbal options
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