Research highlights the possible link between Zantac and other ranitidine medications and certain types of cancer. Specifically, contaminated N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) found in ranitidine classifies as a carcinogen. Leading government organizations, such as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and universities now recommend that you discontinue the use of Zantac immediately to limit your possible cancer risk. This does little for you if you have already taken the drug in the past. In fact, more frequent and long-term exposure to ranitidine may put you at an increased risk of developing cancer.
Treating cancer is expensive and painful. Some patients diagnosed with cancer each year lose their lives due to their conditions, especially if they discover cancer in its later stages. If a drug company marketed a product as a safe medication for you to take while it caused your cancer, you may choose to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or died after using Zantac or ranitidine, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 635-1144 for a free consultation. There is no obligation to move forward with your case. We can provide you with answers to your questions and provide ways that you can proceed forward with your potential case.
What Is Zantac?
Zantac is a brand name version of the medication ranitidine, which is a type of histamine-2 blocker that works by reducing the volume of stomach acid your body produces. It was commonly available in the United States as an over the counter way to treat heartburn and the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, often known by its acronym GERD. For other conditions, such as stomach and intestinal ulcers, Zantac could help to prevent and treat these conditions.
On a long-term basis, your doctor may have advised you to take Zantac more regularly to help manage medical conditions where your stomach produces too much stomach acid. This includes medical conditions, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. The active ingredient in Zantac, ranitidine, could have been prescribed as a pharmaceutical intervention from your pharmacy in different doses than what was available in the over the counter version in the United States over the past few decades.
Zantac is a medication that is designed to treat stomach problems. Zantac is the brand name for medications marketed by Sanofi that have the chemical Ranitidine as the active ingredient. It was available over-the-counter (OTC) in two strengths, as well as by prescription for higher strength doses. Zantac, for the most part, is removed from the market except for prescription sales. This is because the U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued a voluntary recall because recent research studies showed the Zantac can naturally produce NDMA (N-Nitrosodimethylamine) as it breaks down.
Reasons for Using Zantac
Zantac, more specifically Ranitidine, is designed to affect the stomach’s internal processes. Essentially, it reduced the amount of stomach acid that the stomach produces. Stomach acid breaks down food for further processing in the stomach and intestines. While your stomach is naturally protected against its own acid by a mucus lining, that acid can still cause health problems in several organs. Zantac can be used to address a variety of problems, including stomach ulcers and intestine ulcers, which are caused by stomach acid damage to unprotected tissue.
Many people with chronic digestive system problems used Zantac to treat their conditions. For example, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is a condition that causes your digestive system to produce too much stomach acid. Taking Zantac regularly reduced the amount of acid to normal levels, preventing damage throughout their digestive systems.
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Types of Zantac Injuries
Zantac can lead to a variety of injuries depending on each case. The majority of these injuries are hard to determine a direct cause for. However, studies showed a correlation between Zantac usage and injuries. One of the most well-known injuries from taking Zantac is cancer due to its NDMA contamination. Studies conducted by the FDA and research by Harvard shows that NDMA is a possible carcinogen and lab tests show a heavy correlation between NDMA exposure and developing cancer.
Zantac is also responsible for organ damage. Ranitidine works by adjusting the hormone levels in your stomach and digestive organs to reduce the production of stomach acid. It can also affect how other organs act, which can result in damage. For example, it can cause liver swelling which puts stress on liver tissue and can cause blockages. Other organs can be damaged over time leading to other serious health issues.
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Hiring a Lawyer Is Beneficial to Your Case
Zantac is being phased out of the market to prevent future problems with NDMA contamination. However, that does not mean that the manufacturer of Zantac cannot be held accountable. Many people assert that through proper testing, Zantac’s manufacturers should have known that the level of NDMA in Zantac was high enough to cause health problems. The effects of NDMA have been known for some time, so the company needed to take action to ensure that it was not exposing patients to NDMA.
If you believe that your medical injuries and expenses are related to the use of Zantac, consider taking legal action against the company. You may be able to recover compensation for your medical and other expenses. Before making any decision, consult a lawyer to see what your legal options are.
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Possibly Recoverable Compensation
A lawsuit against the makers of Zantac would be a personal injury lawsuit. Because of the nature of this case, there are class action lawsuits being developed that you can join. However, you can also file an individual lawsuit. The goal of this lawsuit is to recover compensation for expenses related to taking Zantac and developing a condition or injury. You can expect to recover:
- Medical expenses: Most lawsuits will focus on medical expenses since the medical treatment of injuries related to Zantac can be expensive. It often takes extended care and multiple medical opinions to treat medication injuries.
- Legal expenses: The legal expenses can be extensive as well, and lawyers for major cases are likely to ask for compensation for their fees and expenses. This is especially true during class-action lawsuits to help cover the costs of defending multiple clients.
- Lost wages: Missing work because of a medical injury takes away from the amount that you earn, creating a financial burden for patients.
- Wrongful Death compensation: If a family member dies because of complications from taking Zantac, you can sue the company for wrongful death claims. While it will not help bring that person back, it can help you recover from final expenses and related problems.
There are other types of expenses that are not covered on this list. For expenses to be claimed in court, your lawyer will collect different forms of evidence from different sources. The expenses must be linked to the injuries or treatment of the injuries caused by taking Zantac, which your lawyer can prove with the right documentation.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 635-1144 to discuss your options for legal recourse and see what a Zantac ranitidine cancer lawyer can do for you. We can help to provide support to you and your family throughout the process. There is no cost for the consultation and no up-front fees since we work on a contingency fee basis.