Some people experience a rebound effect with Zantac once they stop taking their medication.
Rebound Acid Hyperproduction
Rebound acid hyperproduction is a recurrence of acid reflux and heartburn symptoms due to the increase in gastric acid secretion. As detailed in the National Institutes of Health, in some cases, when patients stop taking acid-reducing medications such as Zantac, ranitidine-containing drugs, or proton pump inhibitors (PPI), they may actually experience acid secretion higher than their original pre-treatment levels. When a person stops taking a medication that suppresses acid, in some cases, the extra gastrin in the blood signals to the stomach to work overtime to produce extra acid, even worse than the patient may have originally had.
How Long Rebound Acid Hyperproduction Lasts
In many cases, rebound acid hyperproduction can last more than 2 weeks, but should not last a long period of time. Every case is different, and some people may not experience any rebound acid hyperproduction at all. According to research in Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology, rebound acid hyperproduction can last anywhere from 3 days to months.
Symptoms of Rebound Acid Hyperproduction
Symptoms of rebound acid hyperproduction vary among all patients, however, in most cases, due to the increased acid production, patients will experience a rebound effect with Zantac withdrawal and feel discomfort or pain due to acid reflux, heartburn, regurgitation, and indigestion. Overall, these symptoms may appear as either mild to moderate in nature and will depend on each individual.
What To Do if You Have Rebound Acid Hyperproduction
Research done by the National Institutes of Health indicates that many patients experience rebound acid hyperproduction after they stop taking acid-reducing medications such as Zantac. It is important to note that rebound acid hyperproduction is not a life-threatening condition but can result in a great deal of discomfort or pain. However, while rebound acid hyperproduction is not life-threatening, if left untreated, acid in the stomach and esophagus may tun into serious medical conditions such as ulcers, H. pylori bacteria, Barrett’s Esophagus, or even esophageal cancer.
If you suffer from acid reflux, dyspepsia, heartburn, or gastrointestinal issues, and no longer take Zantac, you should immediately seek the advice of a healthcare provider as soon as possible to give you the best advice about your medical condition. There are other types of medications that exist to decrease or stop acid production in the stomach including famotidine (Pepcid), lansoprazole (Prevacid), esomeprazole (Nexium) cimetidine (Tagamet) or omeprazole (Prilosec). Checking with your healthcare provider will help you determine which of these medications will be right for you.
Other Symptoms Following Zantac Withdrawal
Most patients took Zantac for the purpose of eliminating or relieving symptoms of heartburn, acid reflux, acid indigestion, or sour stomach. When a patient removes themselves from any drug that inhibits acid production, those symptoms will return. In some cases, they will return more severely (or in other cases, more mildly or not at all.) The American Journal of Gastroenterology research indicates that along with rebound acid hyperproduction, some patients also develop dyspepsia following Zantac withdrawal, which is the medical term for indigestion. While this is not a life-threatening condition, without treatment, dyspepsia may develop into a severe pain in the abdomen, bloating, burping, heartburn, nausea, and reflux issues. Dyspepsia can be a common occurrence following the withdrawal of ranitidine from a patient that had previously used this medication for acid reflux and heartburn symptoms. Always make sure if you were on any type of acid-suppressing medications, such as Zantac that you visit with your healthcare provider or medical professional to help you determine your next steps to eliminate these symptoms.
Disposing of Zantac
If you learned of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) national recall of all ranitidine-containing products, including Zantac, throughout the United States, you may have remaining Zantac in your home. If you want to dispose of this medication, please do so properly by visiting the FDA’s website. The FDA has specific guidance for consumers that will allow you to properly dispose of this medication safely and appropriately.
How a Zantac Ranitidine Cancer Lawsuit Lawyer Can Help
If you develop a rebound effect with Zantac withdrawal, you should consider visiting a healthcare provider to ensure your medical needs are appropriately addressed. If you develop any type of cancer or serious medical condition that you feel may relate to taking ranitidine or Zantac for your acid reflux condition, call the legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444. We can help you understand how a Zantac ranitidine cancer lawsuit lawyer can help you with your case. Contact us for a free consultation and to help you understand your legal options.