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Ranitidine Side Effects

The common heartburn medication, Zantac, has recently been pulled from shelves across the country. New studies show that its active ingredient, ranitidine, has cancer-causing impurities.

Ranitidine is a substance commonly used to treat heartburn by decreasing the levels of acid your stomach constructs. It is included in an assembly of drugs referred to as histamine-2 (H-2) blockers.

In addition to treating heartburn, ranitidine is also used in the treatment and prevention of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It is also used to treat conditions whereupon the stomach constructs more acid than the body needs, like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Furthermore, ranitidine is utilized for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and similar ailments where acid travels up from the stomach into the esophagus, which results in heartburn.

Ranitidine is the active ingredient in the popular American heartburn medication, Zantac. The substance has recently been discovered to include the impurity N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and is a cancer-causing element when used consistently over time.

Side Effects

Some studies show that ranitidine is generally handled well and typical noticeable side effects are a lot like those of a placebo. Conversely, the following are the most common recorded side effects:

  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Mild gastrointestinal discomfort (diarrhea, nausea, and constipation)

Additional, less common neuropsychiatric side effects are as follows:

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium

The aforementioned less common side effects are typically only seen in patients that are critically ill, multiple-therapy patients, and patients with chronic renal or hepatic failure.

Is Zantac the Only One?

No, there are several other medications containing unsafe levels of ranitidine, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In tests conducted by the FDA, the following companies’ heartburn medications have NDMA levels that are higher than what the FDA recommends for daily consumption (0.32 parts per million [ppm]):

  • Cardinal Health (1.02 ppm)

  • Novitium Pharma (2.85 ppm)

  • Dr. Reddy’s (0.68 ppm)

  • Sandoz (0.82 ppm)

  • Aurobindo (1.86 ppm)

  • Silarx Pharmaceuticals (1.37 ppm)

  • Amneal Pharmaceuticals (0.52-2.17 ppm)

  • Sanofi Pharmaceutical (0.08-2.17 ppm)

If you have taken Zantac over a period of time, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Goodman Acker are highly experienced in the field of product liability law. We have retrieved millions on behalf of clients, and we can help you, too. Don’t wait to contact us about your claim.

Call Goodman Acker today at (248) 793-2010 if you’ve been taking Zantac or other ranitidine medications for heartburn relief.