Yes. Zantac is the same as ranitidine, as it is the over-the-counter-brand name for the actual drug ranitidine. Zantac medications come in many different dosages, but all contain different amounts of ranitidine.
Zantac and Ranitidine
Zantac, Zantac 150 Maximum Strength and Zantac 75 are all brand names of over-the-counter medication containing different dosages of the drug ranitidine. This H2 blocker was a popular medication providing relief to those suffering from heartburn, acid indigestion, sour stomach, and some other types of gastrointestinal issues. While ranitidine does not block the production of acid directly from the source, as proton pump inhibitors (PPI) such as Nexium and Prilosec do, Zantac works well to control the symptoms of acid reflux and other related conditions.
All forms of Zantac are over-the-counter medications (OTC) or medications that are available to the public without a prescription. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, in most cases, these medications are safe when used as directed by the public without direct intervention from a medical professional. It is critical that a person always read the label on OTC medications to ensure that they take the correct dosage and that the medication will not interfere with any other medications taken in the same time period. Also, OTC medications should include warning labels so that consumers know and understand any risks related to the consumption of the medication.
Zantac and NDMA
Until 2019, there were no known dangers of Zantac, which is the same as ranitidine. However, in June 2019, the Valisure laboratory discovered that Zantac contained a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Researchers and scientists knew of the dangers surrounding NDMA for years as studies done by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry classified it as a known toxic carcinogen. Additionally, the World Health Organization concluded that any type of exposure to large quantities of NDMA may result in certain serious medical conditions such as kidney, gastric, colorectal, and other types of cancers. Also, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) research proved that NDMA exposure to animals resulted in serious, non-cancerous liver diseases as well as internal bleeding and death.
As soon as a connection occurred between Zantac and NDMA, many manufacturers of medications containing ranitidine voluntarily pulled their medications from the shelves, including Appco Pharma LLC, Northwind Pharmaceutical, and Sanofi Pharmaceutical.
Ultimately, in 2020, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) officially recalled Zantac and any other medications containing ranitidine and required all sellers to remove these products from their shelves. With the presence of a known carcinogen, the FDA made the decision to avoid any risk by recalling any medications containing the drug ranitidine.
Cancer and Zantac
Many of the research studies indicated that NDMA caused cancer in animals when they suffered exposure to large doses of NDMA over long periods of time. With information now indicating that ranitidine contains NDMA, many consumers wonder if their exposure to Zantac or ranitidine will cause cancer in the future. Every person is different, and it is significant to understand that some reports from the CDC indicate that no actual cancer cases are proven to directly relate to NDMA in humans.
However, other research from Harvard Medical School shows that ranitidine may cause cancer after long exposures. It is important to always seek medical attention for any concerns you may have. If you developed any form of cancer after taking Zantac for a long period of time, a Zantac lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may help you understand your legal rights.
What to Do if You Took Zantac
If you took Zantac, then you took ranitidine, since Zantac is the same as ranitidine. If you took this medication and developed any serious medical condition, you should visit with your physician to determine your next steps. Before you take any remaining Zantac left in your home, visit with your physician as well. If you must dispose of any medication containing ranitidine, look closely at the FDA’s website regarding proper disposal. If you still continue to suffer from heartburn, acid reflux, sour stomach, or any other gastrointestinal issues, your physician will provide you with other safe options to take for your symptoms.
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If you suffered any type of medical injuries or serious diagnosis related to your usage of Zantac, the legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you understand how a Zantac ranitidine cancer lawsuit lawyer can help you with your case. Contact us today at (800) 635-1144 for a free consultation and to help you understand your legal options.