Zantac is an oral medication that works by reducing the production of stomach acid. It is available as a generic (ranitidine) or under the brand name, Zantac. Zantac treats and prevents ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also treats acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Health Hazards Linked to Zantac
For several months, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has been investigating the detection of an impurity known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Zantac (ranitidine) medications. The FDA has found levels of NDMA in Zantac products that exceed acceptable amounts.
The contaminant in the Zantac medications, NDMA, has been identified as a probable human carcinogen, or a substance that can cause cancer. As a result, the nation’s largest pharmacy chains Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid have stopped selling Zantac and ranitidine products. The FDA has also advised ranitidine manufacturers to recall their products if testing shows levels of NDMA above the acceptable amount.
NDMA can cause the following types of cancer:
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Should I Stop Taking Zantac?
Patients taking Zantac or ranitidine should consult with their health care professional about other treatment options. There are several other drug options that are approved for the same uses as Zantac.
Consult with a Zantac Attorney
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of taking Zantac or any ranitidine product, you should not have to bear the physical and financial burdens caused by a dangerous drug you were never warned about. By filing a lawsuit, and with the help of a Zantac attorney, you may be able to recover damages for the pain and suffering you experienced because of the drug. If a loved one died as a result of cancer caused by Zantac you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
At Baron & Budd we work hard to get those who have suffered as a result of taking Zantac the compensation they deserve. If you feel we may be able to help you, please call us at 866-723-1890 or complete our online contact form to arrange a no-obligation case review and free consultation.