Only your physician can help you make the medical decision to stop taking Zantac or other medications containing ranitidine. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially recalled all medications containing ranitidine (including Zantac) throughout the United States. Making the determination of whether to stop taking Zantac or continuing with a ranitidine prescription is only one that you and your physician should make together.
Heartburn and Acid Reflux Medications
According to the American College of Gastroenterology, more than 60 million Americans experience some form of heartburn, acid reflux, or sour stomach at least once a month, and over 15 million Americans experience symptoms daily. In most cases, a physician will prescribe one of two types of medications to provide the patient with relief from these conditions: H2 blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs).
These medications work in very different ways. H2 blockers have the name “blockers” due to the fact that they actually block a specific type of chemical in the stomach that produces acid. The other type of medication is a PPI, which reduces or eliminates all acid production directly at the source, the proton pump. Both of these medications can result in extremely effective outcomes with little to no symptoms from sufferers of these heartburn and acid reflux conditions. However, while both of these medications appear effective, they both have been linked to serious medical complications.
Dangers of Ranitidine
The dangers of ranitidine appeared when research coming from Valisure pharmacy indicated that ranitidine reacts with itself creating a production of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at high levels. NDMA research from both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry concluded that NDMA exposure may result in lung, kidney, and liver cancer.
The dangers of NDMA were recognized for years throughout the medical and scientific communities. In fact, the World Health Organization has research showing that exposure to NDMA can result in different types of cancers such as the ones mentioned above as well as gastric and colorectal cancers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also categorizes NDMA as a carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). With the new development that ranitidine has the ability to either react with itself to create NDMA or react with enzymes in a person’s stomach to create NDMA, the FDA made the decision to completely recall and pull all medications containing this drug from the shelves.
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Continue or Stop Taking Zantac
Many people who used Zantac or other generic drugs containing ranitidine have no choice but to stop taking Zantac, as these medications have undergone a federal recall and are not available for purchase in the United States. However, many people may still have Zantac or ranitidine at home and wonder whether they should dispose of or finish the medication they currently have. It is important to note that in all cases a person suffering from heartburn, acid reflux, sour stomach, or any other type of gastrointestinal issue should seek the advice of a medical professional familiar with their condition. The FDA has made its suggestion clear that all patients taking Zantac or other medications that include the drug ranitidine should be aware of the cancer link to these drugs and stop taking Zantac due to the risk involved.
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What To Do if You Develop a Medical Condition Related to Zantac
Many different types of serious medical conditions are now directly linked to taking large amounts of Zantac over a substantial period of time. If you receive a diagnosis that may in some way relate to taking Zantac or ranitidine, you should always follow the advice of a medical professional. However, many different types of cancers have links to ranitidine due to the discovery of NDMA within that drug. If you developed any kind of gastrointestinal condition, renal or kidney cancer, liver cancer, gastric cancer, stomach cancer and/or bladder cancer, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. A Zantac ranitidine cancer lawyer can discuss your legal rights and help you understand how you may have a legal claim to compensation against the manufacturer of Zantac or another type of ranitidine medication.
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How a Zantac Ranitidine Cancer Lawsuit Lawyer Can Help
If you suffered any type of medical injuries or serious diagnosis related to your usage of Zantac or other ranitidine medications, the legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you understand your legal rights and 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.