Both Zantac (also known as ranitidine) and omeprazole (Prilosec) can both treat acid reflux, sour stomach, and heartburn in patients, and both have serious risks associated with them. Zantac has been completely recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Prilosec is still available as an over-the-counter medication. Due to the fact that Zantac has received a recall and omeprazole is still on the market, it is probable that Zantac is not safer than omeprazole.
Types of Heartburn and Acid Reflux Medications
There are two commonly prescribed types of medication for acid reflux: H2 blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI). Both of these types of medication will relieve patients that suffer from heartburn, acid reflux, and sour stomach.
H2 blockers actually block a specific type of stimuli within the stomach that produces acid. Pepcid and Zantac are the name brands for these types of H2 blockers. Zantac is the over-the-counter brand name for the drug ranitidine.
Proton Pump Inhibitors
PPIs work differently than H2 blockers. They block acid production at the proton pump within the body, which is the actual source of acid production. This medication actually reduces all acid production as a result.
Dangers of Zantac
Testing in June 2019 at the Valisure pharmacy showed that Zantac contained N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). NDMA has consistently shown to increase the risk of different kinds of cancers according to evidence discovered by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the World Health Organization. With new research showing that Zantac contains a cancer-causing agent, there were several voluntary recalls of medications including the drug ranitidine. Ultimately, the FDA ordered an official recall of Zantac due to the risk of certain types of cancer. If you suffered any type of injury that you believe may result from your use of Zantac, consider contacting a Zantac ranitidine cancer lawsuit lawyer to help you answer any questions regarding your legal rights.
Dangers of Omeprazole
Prilosec, which is the name brand of the drug omeprazole is a PPI that has substantially and effectively treated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other acid reflux symptoms for years. As these PPIs do their job of containing the symptoms of GERD over long periods of time, they may also mask symptoms of infection with H. pylori (bacteria), gastric cancer, and stomach ulcers. Harvard Medical School also determined that continued use of Prilosec and PPIs can cause polyps and atrophic gastritis, which is an inflammation and irritation of the stomach lining. While there are no direct connections between Prilosec and cancer, there are other serious medical conditions that may occur after long-term use of Prilosec.
Common Side Effects of Zantac and Omeprazole Compared
Common side effects related to Zantac include headache, constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, flatulence, rash, and fever. The common side effects related to omeprazole are exactly the same as those listed under Zantac. Therefore, the real danger regarding the question of whether Zantac is safer than omeprazole rests in the long-term risks and dangers.
Zantac vs. Omeprazole
While studies are still currently in progress regarding Zantac and its actual risk level related to different types of cancers, the fact that the FDA recalled Zantac while leaving omeprazole on the market would lend itself to the conclusion that Zantac is not safer than omeprazole. Both medications have the very serious possibility to develop into severe medical problems that could be catastrophic or life-threatening. In some cases, these medical conditions could lead to death. Therefore, if you have taken these medications for any substantial amount of time, it is important to always check with a medical professional regarding the best treatment for your gastrointestinal issue that will cause the least amount of harm.
Consider a Zantac Ranitidine Cancer Lawsuit Lawyer
Every person’s situation is unique and if you developed any kind of medical condition such as a cancer diagnosis, ulcers or polyps following medication for your gastrointestinal medical condition, you may have the right to file a claim to receive compensation. If you took Zantac or any other ranitidine medication for your GERD, acid reflux, heartburn, or sour stomach over any length of time, 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. Call our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 today for a free consultation and to help you understand your legal options.