Food and Drug Administration Warns Against Zantac Usage
People taking Zantac may wish to change to a different drug or treatment alternative to avoid potential health risks. The FDA is advising consumers of over-the-counter heartburn meds to stop taking the medication and dispose of any unused Zantac medications they have at home.
Patients taking prescription heartburn drugs should consult with their doctors before stopping the medication and pursuing other treatments. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys are currently investigating potential lawsuits against the manufacturers of Zantac and other medications.
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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a warning about taking Zantac in April 2020. It is the brand name for ranitidine.
Ranitidine products are H2 blockers that limit acid reflux, stomach acidity, heartburn symptoms, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other stomach problems.
Experts at the FDA were concerned about levels of NDMA (N Nitrosodimethylamine) that people who take Zantac or who are taking Zantac might ingest since NDMA is found within ranitidine and is associated with cancer.
Side effects are not uncommon with over-the-counter products, but a cancer risk or NDMA contamination is unacceptable, especially if you get cancer after taking Zantac or ranitidine products.
Therefore, this has left many people wondering whether or not there are acceptable alternatives to prescription ranitidine Zantac that will not get them diagnosed with cancer or expose them to unacceptable levels of NDMA.
We explore that topic in the following few sections, including topics involving taking Zantac, carcinogen, h2 blockers, brand name medications, FDA advised
While Ranitidine products have been recalled from the market, some are looking for safe alternatives for heartburn.
Ranitidine products are H2 blockers that limit acid reflux, stomach acid, heartburn symptoms, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),and other stomach problems.
Experts at the FDA were concerned about levels of NDMA (N Nitrosodimethylamine NDMA) that people who take Zantac or who are taking Zantac might ingest since NDMA is found within ranitidine and is associated with cancer.
Side effects are not uncommon with over the counter products but a cancer risk or NDMA contamination is unacceptable especially if you get cancer after taking Zantac or ranitidine products.
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If you are diagnosed with cancer and take Zantac or other OTC products to combat stomach acid production, talk to our experts about a case in the U.S. We have worked with many people against drug companies and manufacturers that harm patients. We may be able to help you too.
High levels of NDMA contamination can increase cancer risk and other unacceptable levels of side effects. You should be aware of other h2 blocker alternatives drugs and get doctor advice regarding Zantac alternatives.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC takes your health seriously and will review your brand name prescriptions against FDA agency warnings for possible claims or a case. Call us today at (888) 424-5757 for a free case evaluation about legal action.
Previous Doctor Recommendation for Zantac Medications in the U.S.
Zantac medications and ranitidine drugs (and alternatives to Zantac) are proton pump inhibitors or h2 histamine receptor antagonists.
It means that they work to reduce the body’s creation of acidity in the stomach. It significantly limits heartburn, GERD, acid reflux, and other problems generally associated with heartburn and its health side effects.
Of course, as Zantac ranitidine became more popular, lots of alternatives emerged to provide FDA-approved h2 histamine receptor antagonists medications, including Pepcid famotidine as well as other drugs. They also seek to alleviate heartburn.
The key is that they do not contain NDMA as ranitidine does, so the risk of getting cancer after taking them is different. Even when the FDA approves them, they also come with risks, so it is crucial to review Zantac alternatives with your doctor. We will turn to the federal agency’s problems with Zantac ranitidine.
FDA Warns Patients about the Risks of Zantac
On April 1, 2020, the FDA warned that since Zantac contains NDMA, it might present specific health problems, including cancer. The manufacturers of these drugs have said they treat heartburn and other health issues but have not previously warned of the presence of NDMA in the drug.
The FDA warning did not speak to Zantac alternatives and whether they may risk carcinogen to patients who take these drugs for heartburn or other healthy lifestyle changes.
NDMA contaminant is an ongoing risk, and any drug company that includes it in the manufacturing process may put you in danger of health issues in the absence of further testing.
Zantac Alternatives for Patients with Heartburn
In all the NDMA-Zantac ranitidine news, you might have missed that there are several alternative drugs to Zantac, including Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Pepcid, and Tagamet.
Each one of these attempts to cure the same ills (heartburn, acid reflux, etc.) but comes with challenges of its own. You should talk to your doctor before you start taking any of them.
If you suffer from stomach acidity, Zantac may not be the right medication for you. Instead, you may do better with a Proton Pump Inhibitor like Prevacid. If you’re not up to taking pills, consider using an antacid instead.
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are perhaps the most effective drugs against stomach acid production. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is becoming more common in the world. Histamine receptor H 4 antagonists are a new class of drugs used to relieve GERD symptoms.
A heartburn medication called Nexium is one of many proton inhibitors (PPIs) that AstraZeneca developed.
Ranitidine and Omeprazole
Zantac – Prilosec is a combination medication consisting of ranitidine and omeprazole. Ranitidine is a cytochrome P450 inhibitor, while omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. It is used to treat acidity, reduce the risk of gastric ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, and treat gastroesophageal reflux illness (GERD).
A Zantac alternative such as Pepcid is used to reduce acid reflux. It belongs to a family of drugs called H2 blockers. The medication to regulate acidity in the body (or “proton pumps”) such as Losec and Prilosec have been used for several years.
If you’ve tried over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs such as Zantac, Tagamet, Prilosec, or Prevacid, it may be time to try natural alternatives.
What Others are Doing who Have Taken Zantac
After the Zantac drug recall, many people like you wondered what they could do. Many of them decided to file individual lawsuits to recover compensation and other relief for the past and future harm that this drug caused them.
Those separate lawsuits have been bundled into Florida’s Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) case. You can read all about that here: https://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/zantac
Speak with an experienced Zantac lawsuit attorney if you think Zantac may have harmed you. You may be able to file your claim for damages or join in a larger case.
Zantac Use and Lawsuits
Even under normal storage conditions, ranitidine starts breaking down at temperatures below 77°F (25°C). Generic ranitidine is no longer available in the United States but is for sale in many countries.
Blood disorders and liver failure are some of Zantac’s severe adverse effects. Other Common Zantac side effects include nausea, diarrhea, headache, abdominal pain, kidney problems, and bone fractures.
A Zantac lawsuit is possible because of the side effects of this common gastroesophageal reflux drug. An impurity NDMA present in Zantac rises when the drug is preserved above room temperatures.
Stomach Acid Conditions and Treatment
Frequent heartburn, also known as gastroesophageal reflux illness (GERD), is a condition in which food or liquid travels back up into the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat to the stomach) and irritates or inflames it.
Avoid drinking coffee, tea, chocolate, colas, and other carbonated beverages containing caffeine to reduce acidic stomach conditions. Aspirin also tends to increase the production of stomach acid.
Proton pumps relieve symptoms in treating gastric diseases such as acid outflow. Some GERD medications are carcinogenic (cancer-causing) in animals. However, it has not been proven that they cause cancer in humans.
Erosive Esophagitis Condition
Erosive esophagitis is an injury to the esophagus, specifically the squamous epithelium. The term ‘erosive’ means thinning or wearing away. It occurs due to the regurgitation of gastric acid from the stomach.
Certain foods, most notably citrus fruit and acidic juices, have been implicated in developing a condition called esophagitis. Your healthcare provider (HCP) may prescribe (or suggest you take) an acid-suppressing medication, such as the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) omeprazole, to help heal an esophageal injury.
H2 blockers for Treating Stomach Acid
The h2 blockers are a family of medicines primarily used to treat gastric acid-producing ailments such as ulcers, gastritis, Zollinger–Ellison syndrome, and hypersecretory conditions like systemic mastocytosis and Prinzmetal angina.
In addition, H2 blockers may also be used before specific medical procedures such as endoscopies to prevent acidity exposure.
It’s worth noting that H2 blockers only decrease the amount of acid secretion. They do not heal damage already done to the mucus membrane or stomach or intestine lining.
Lifestyle Adjustments to Contain Gastric Acidity
Spicy food can worsen acidity in some people, which is why the popular belief that spicy food should be avoided by people with acidity or gastroesophageal disease (GERD) is so widespread.
However, research suggests that this isn’t the case for most people, and spicy foods can be eaten without any problems. Consuming small meals instead of large meals may decrease the need for stomach acidic secretions since this would limit the quantity of food entering the stomach at one time.
In addition, large meals eaten close to bedtime can cause acidity at night. Eating spicy or fatty foods should be avoided because these can also trigger acidic reflux.
Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, smoking cessation, and alcohol abstinence can resolve symptoms in patients with gastroesophageal disease.
It’s advisable to wait for at least two hours after having meals before sleeping. Avoiding food with raw onions and garlic and drinking hot liquids immediately before and after eating can significantly reduce burning and discomfort.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised that the following heartburn medications should not be used for more than 14 days:
- Alka-Seltzer Original (as a combination of aspirin, citric acid, and sodium bicarbonate)
- Certain forms of the medication onoczem, e.g., Monazol – used to treat a parasitic infestation called “blastocystis”
- Certain forms of the medication metronidazole, e.g., Flagyl and MetroGel – used to treat certain parasitic and bacterial infections
- Certain forms of the medication tetracycline, e.g., Panmycin – are used to treat bacterial infections
The efficacy of treating gastric acidity using over-the-counter drugs is questionable. An up-to-date meta-analysis found that proton inhibitors are ineffective in treating acidity.
Some FDA-recommended drugs to medicate acidity and related conditions that do not have the same risks as Zantac include:
- Prilosec (omeprazole
- Nexium (esomeprazole)
- Protonix (pantoprazole)
- Aciphex (rabeprazole)
Cancer Diagnosis Related to Zantac
An early cancer diagnosis is vital if you have been using Zantac. The popular anti-reflux medications have been associated with a higher risk of developing esophageal cancer.
NDMA exposure in Gastric Acidity Drugs
Trace amounts of NDMA in medications can accumulate in the body and cause liver damage. Some researchers suggest that NDMA may accumulate over time because of its long half-life. That is, once ingested, it takes a very long time for the body to break down and remove NDMA.
It is possible that taking Vitamin C with medication can increase this process of NDMA breakdown, increasing the amount of NDMA in your body that gets broken down into N-Nitrosodimethylamine and N-Nitrosamine.
Probable Human Carcinogen in Gastric Tumors Context
A probable human carcinogen is an IARC classification of an agent for which there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans, but for which, generally because of the limitations of the studies conducted, a strong causal association cannot be established.
NDMA Exposure in the U.S. is Not Very Common
There is no standard for monitoring or treatment, but providers are generally aware of its existence and can recognize the signs and symptoms. NDMA exposure typically results in neurologic manifestations, specifically seizures, encephalopathy, or encephalitis-like features.
Time Window to File Your Zantac Case
You only have two years to file a case for Zantac injuries once you learn of the damage. It does not leave you a lot of time to prepare the best case for compensation. It is imperative to see a doctor at once to determine the extent of your injuries and hire competent legal counsel to explore all of your claim options.
Talk to a Lawyer if You Have Taken Zantac
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents patients and their families who have been harmed by NDMA contamination in acidity and blood pressure medications like Zantac. Contact us for a free consultation to facilitate legal action.
If you need advice about a case, contact our law firm. We bring many actions in the U.S. against drug manufacturers and companies for negligence and for setting up a faulty manufacturer process, including when they make ranitidine medicines.
Our law firm can review your stomach health issue and determine which drug was responsible and if there was an agency recall, including recalls from the Food and Drug Administration. Your rights matter.
Contact us toll-free at (888) 424-5757 for a free case evaluation to see what relief and compensation may be available. Our top-notch lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to pay us unless we win your case.
- NIH – Medicine and Media: The Ranitidine Debate
- NCBI – Ranitidine: Is its injunction a warning bell?
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