Zantac can affect blood pressure when a person overdoses. Ranitidine (commonly sold under the brand name Zantac) is an H2 (histamine-2) receptor, which decreases stomach acid. When a consumer overdoses on ranitidine, low blood pressure can be a symptom, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus.
Zantac can have other adverse health effects, along with low blood pressure.
Zantac and NDMA
Ranitidine contains a cancer-causing agent known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA was well-researched throughout the world and established as a category B2 carcinogen by the Typically, NDMA can occur in the environment, or through the development of toxic substances such as rocket fuel. NDMA is also linked to cancer in the lungs, kidneys, liver, and nasal cavity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
NDMA and Blood Pressure Medications
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently recalled some blood pressure medications after discovering that they contained the carcinogen NDMA.
While the FDA recalled blood pressure medications due to the presence of NDMA, the only connection between these blood pressure medications and Zantac was the actual occurrence of NDMA in both types of drugs.
However, it is important to note that the recall of these blood pressure medications was not because the medications themselves contained NMDA, but because there were impurities found in certain batches of blood pressure medications.
It is important to visit your healthcare provider to determine your next steps for your health. If you are taking any medications containing valsartan, losartan, or irbesartan, you may compare the prescription bottle information (which lists the National Drug Code and the lot number) with the information located on the FDA’s recalled drug list.
To be sure, you should always visit with your doctor or healthcare provider to ensure that the treatment options given to you are appropriate and safe for your health. If you developed some form of cancer or medical condition as a result of taking these tainted blood pressure medications containing NDMA, consider visiting with an attorney to ensure your legal rights remain protected.
Zantac and Blood Pressure
Zantac can affect blood pressure by making it too low. According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of low blood pressure may include the feeling of being light-headed, dizzy, having a lack of coordination, or fainting.
If you believe that you, or someone you love, took more than the recommended dosage of Zantac or any medication, seek immediate medical treatment or contact 9-1-1.
What to Do if You Took Zantac
If you believe you have medical disease or cancer that you think relates directly to your consumption of Zantac or another ranitidine-containing medication, you should visit with your physician as soon as possible to determine your next steps.
Additionally, if you stopped taking Zantac due to the fact the FDA recalled this medication, you will need to visit with your healthcare provider regarding what your next best steps are to control your heartburn, acid reflux, acid indigestion or sour stomach. If left untreated, acid reflux can develop into esophageal cancer in some circumstances. Therefore, if you are no longer taking Zantac, you should consider alternative options for your health.
Other medicines like Zantac that do not contain ranitidine include Pepcid, Tagamet, Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec, according to the FDA.
In addition to taking other medicines, you can also make some lifestyle changes to avoid heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion symptoms. For example, you can avoid foods that are high in fat, citruses, spicy foods, and caffeine.
Consider a Zantac Ranitidine Cancer Lawsuit Lawyer
While Zantac only affects blood pressure when taken in doses over the recommended amount, you may have other serious medical issues or the development of cancer as a result of taking Zantac over a long period of time.
Consider how a Zantac ranitidine cancer lawsuit lawyer could assist you with your case and help you determine if you have the legal right to receive compensation for your losses. You could recover compensation for expenses related to your illness, such as:
- Past and future medical costs
- Transportation costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
You can call our office for an estimate of what you can expect as a settlement from your Zantac or ranitidine cancer lawsuit. Our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 635-1144 can speak with you today for a free consultation and help you understand your legal options.