If you or a loved one took Zantac medication for heartburn or other issues that impact stomach acid conditions, you may have heard about the recent recall of the medication. Learning that a medication you’ve been taking has been recalled can be scary and a little bit confusing. You or a loved one may also have recently been diagnosed with cancer. While there are many reasons why cancer may develop, if you have taken Zantac for an extended amount of time, it’s possible that your diagnosis was caused by Zantac.
The FDA Recalls Zantac
The FDA has recalled Zantac because of an investigation into a chemical in the drug. Zantac is a brand name for ranitidine, which contains a chemical called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a probable human carcinogen. Those who are exposed to high levels of NDMA have an increased risk of developing cancer.
Unfortunately, NDMA may be able to cause many different types of cancer. Bladder, esophageal, gastric, colorectal, kidney, or liver cancer may develop because of NDMA exposure. These types of cancer can be life-threatening, and treatment can severely impact a person’s life.
If you’ve received a cancer diagnosis and believe it may have been caused by prolonged use of Zantac, you may be comforted to know that by filing a Zantac cancer lawsuit against the manufacturer, you may be eligible for compensation that can be put toward treatment costs and more.
What Should Those Taking Zantac Do?
If you or your loved one is taking prescription ranitidine, you need to consult with your doctor. It can be dangerous to immediately stop taking a prescription drug, depending on your health condition. A medical professional will be able to advise you on how you should proceed so you don’t risk putting your health in greater danger.
If you’re taking over-the-counter Zantac, whether it’s in tablet or liquid form, you should stop taking them, properly dispose of these drugs, and not purchase more in the future. There are certain steps to make sure you’re disposing your drugs in the safest way possible. If you’re wondering how to get rid of your medication, the FDA has instructions on how to do so.
There are other alternatives that may be able to treat your condition. If you are taking OTC medicine, you may still want to consult your doctor to find the best alternative for you. There are alternative medications that work similarly to Zantac, and the FDA testing of those medications has not detected NDMA.
Get in Touch with a Lawyer
We understand how terrifying a cancer diagnosis can be. If you or your loved one has developed cancer and you believe it’s from taking Zantac, you may be eligible for compensation. Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLC has experienced lawyers who can fight for your rights. When you’re filing a lawsuit, it’s important to get started as soon as possible.
To find out if you have a potential case, get in touch with our firm today. We’ll schedule an obligation-free consultation so we can go over the facts of your case and review the validity of your potential claim. Then, we can go over your options and find the one that will benefit your best interests.