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The Risks of Zantac

Heartburn medications with the active ingredient, ranitidine, are prescribed by doctors in the U.S. over 15 million times every year. In addition, millions of bottles are sold over the counter (OTC).

You may not have heard of ranitidine, but you’ve probably heard of Zantac, which is a drug that contains the active ingredient, ranitidine. Zantac is the sole medication included in the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall.

The Recall

The drug was recalled in September 2019, when the analytic online pharmacy, Valisure, tested it and found unsafe levels of the impurity, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is classified by the FDA as a probable human carcinogen, which means it is a substance that has a strong potential to cause cancer.

As of December 18th, 2019, the FDA added another drug containing ranitidine to the recall list: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ranitidine Tablets 150mg and 300 mg.

The Risks

While low levels of NDMA in the body may not cause harm to your body, according to the FDA, the accumulation of the substance within your body has the potential to cause cancer.

That means if you have been taking the drug over the counter for a long period of time, or if you’ve been taking the prescription version, you may be at risk of NDMA accumulation within your body.

The FDA recommends halting your use of Zantac and other drugs containing ranitidine right away. If you are taking the prescription version, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor and ask for an alternate medication to treat your heartburn.

If you’ve been a regular user of Zantac or another ranitidine medication, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Our attorneys at Goodman Acker are highly experienced in the realm of product liability law. We have helped many people just like you, and we may be able to help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away. After all, it is your health on the line.

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