Zantac is the brand name of a drug called ranitidine, and is sold by Sanofi, Inc. The medication reduces the stomach’s acid production and is commonly prescribed to treat peptic ulcers, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, erosive esophagitis, and acid (gastroesophageal) reflux disease.
Like Valsartan, Losartan and Irbesartan, the FDA announced that NDMA, or nitrosodimethylamine, a known carcinogen, has been found in Zantac that was manufactured overseas. The FDA has advised companies to recall their ranitidine if testing shows levels of NDMA above the acceptable daily intake (96 nanograms per day or 0.32 parts per million for ranitidine).
The companies Novartis, Sandoz and Apotex all have FDA-recalled lots of Zantac. As of October 1, 2019, major drugstore chains including CVS, Walgreen’s and Walmart are pulling Zantac and other generic versions of ranitidine from their store inventories and shelves.
Zantac is a histamine-2 blocker that works by reducing the amount of acid a person’s stomach produces. In addition to heartburn, Zantac is also used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is available in both prescription and over the counter versions.
Zantac can cause the following side effects:
If you experience consistent side effects, notice a fast progression or any of those more dangerous side effects, you or your doctor can send a report to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or toll-free by phone at 1-800 332-1088.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that when Zantac’s active ingredient ranitidine is metabolized by the body, it results in production of NDMA, a known carcinogen, which has the potential to cause cancer to develop in different organs, most notably esophageal and throat, areas of impact for ranitidine. Patients and consumers are now filing lawsuits alleging that several drug companies failed to warn consumers about this chemical link between Ranitidine and NDMA on the drug’s labeling.
If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:
If you took Zantac at least twice per week for two or more years, over the counter or prescription, and you developed any of the following cancers, you may have a case:
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