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What is Zantac?
Zantac is a medication commonly used for the treatment of heartburn, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sour stomach, Barretts esophagus, acid reflux. Zantac dosages vary between 75 and 150 mg tablets, though some patients take up to 300 mg dosage daily. Zantac is a H2 antagonist that blocks a type of histamine, which is one of the stimulants of acid production in the stomach. Zantac reduces the production of stomach acid.
Below are the most common Zantac brands:
- Zantac 150 Tablets
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength Cool Mint
- Zantac 75 Tablets
FDA Investigation into Zantac
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is investigating Zantac cancer risks after testing of Zantac 150 tablets found the commonly-used heartburn medication contains a carcinogenic chemical up to 3,000 times greater than the FDAs daily intake limit. The carcinogenic chemical present in Zantac is known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”).
Zantac and its generic active ingredient, ranitidine hcl, metabolizes into N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) a chemical that theFDA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) all classify as a (cancer-causing) carcinogen.
Over the last 40 years, several studies have made the case that Zantac causes cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “NDMA is clearly carcinogenic. There is overwhelming evidence that NDMA is mutagenic and clastogenic.”
In response to the September 2019 FDA announcement, CVS and Walgreens pulled Zantac and Zantac over-the-counter generics from their shelves, citing the link between Zantac NDMA and cancer. Apotex, which manufactures Zantac generic for Rite-Aid, Walgreens, and other pharmacies, recalled its ranitidine hydrochloride products.
What type of side effects are individuals experiencing?
Medical studies have shown that Zantac can cause cancer. Types of cancer that could be caused by Zantac include:
- Bladder cancer
- Colon and rectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer (non-smokers only)
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Uterine cancer
Want to find out if you or a loved one has a Zantac claim?
Please feel free to contact a Zantac Lawsuit attorney using the form below or by dialing 1-877-542-4646. One of our experienced Zantac Lawsuit lawyers will help evaluate your claim and explain your legal rights for free. McSweeney / Langevin is providing consultations to individuals throughout the United States. Information provided by email or phone will be kept confidential.
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