Although medications impact people in different ways, studies suggest that Zantac is bad for your liver in severe cases. Zantac can cause acute liver injury, liver toxicity, and liver cancer, although not everyone who takes Zantac suffers from these side effects.
Ranitidine is a drug first introduced in the United States in 1983 and is more commonly known as the over-the-counter drug Zantac. Zantac was a commonly prescribed medication to relieve the symptoms of those suffering from heartburn, acid indigestion, acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
Studies about Zantac discovered that the drug contained a known classified B2 carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA has been classified as a cancer-causing chemical by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry for years. Research has also shown that NDMA does not break down in human bodies or in the environment. Therefore, the exposure to this carcinogen continues to accumulate over time and lead to liver damage as well as other health issues, according to the World Health Organization.
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Currently, Zantac is no longer available for purchase in the United States. Originally, manufacturers of ranitidine-containing medications voluntarily pulled their medications such as Appco Pharma LLC, Northwind Pharmaceutical, and Sanofi Pharmaceutical. However, with the evidence mounting regarding the toxicity of NDMA and the connection between NDMA and Zantac, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) officially recalled Zantac and any other ranitidine-containing medications in April 2020.
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Zantac Side Effects
Even prior to the FDA recall, Zantac included as part of their side effects listing that Zantac could cause abnormal liver function tests and hepatitis, along with other severe medical issues including abnormal heart rhythm, atrioventricular block, bronchospasm, angioedema, hemolytic anemia, pancytopenia, interstitial nephritis, inflammation of the pancreas, jaundice, erythema multiforme, decreased blood platelets, hallucinations, and many others. Although not a universal side effect, some users have reactions that make Zantac bad for their liver.
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Liver and Medications
Many medications can impact the liver, as the liver is responsible for removing toxic substances from the body. This would include any toxic medications from the blood. If toxins build up in the liver over time, it can lead to severe liver damage and inflammation. Livers can suffer damage due to the amount of drug absorption—the speed at which the drug metabolizes into an inactive or active form—and the ability of a person to tolerate any adverse effects of a particular medication, such as Zantac.
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According to the EPA, exposure to high levels of NDMA may cause liver damage in humans. Some of the symptoms of liver damage may include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, enlarged liver, jaundice, dizziness, and nausea. If you feel you may have any of these symptoms while taking Zantac, or after taking Zantac for a considerable period of time, visit your physician to discuss whether or not you have any type of liver disease.
Liver cancer is the growth of cancerous cells that develop within the actual liver. In early stages, symptoms may be vague but could include jaundice, enlarged spleen and/or liver, abdominal pain and/or swelling, back pain, itchy skin, fever, unexplained weight loss, or appetite loss. If you discover that you have liver cancer or liver damage due to NDMA exposure from Zantac quickly enough, act quickly, and discuss your health with a medical professional. Visit with your physician regarding your use of Zantac and whether or not you need additional testing to ensure your liver is healthy.
What to Do if You Took Zantac
If you took Zantac and believe you have any symptoms of liver disease or liver cancer, you should visit with your physician as soon as possible to determine your next steps. If you still continue to struggle with issues related to acid reflux or heartburn, your doctor will prescribe different medications for your condition.
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If you took Zantac for any length of time, you may have experienced damage to your liver, or liver cancer. If you feel your diagnosis regarding your liver disease or cancer may relate to taking Zantac, you may 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. Consider speaking with our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm by calling (800) 635-1144 today for a free consultation and to help you understand your legal options.