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IMPORTANT ZANTAC UPDATE:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on April 1, 2020 that it is requesting manufacturers to withdraw all Zantac and generic Zantac OTC ranitidine drugs from the market effective immediately. This is after FDA concluded that N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in some ranitidine medications increase over time. The official statement said
“The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity,”
The FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) all classify NDMA as a cancer-causing substance and have recalled all zantac products from the market!
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What is zantac?
Zantac, having the chemical name ‘ranitidine hydrochloride’ is from a drug category called histamine H2-receptor antagonists or H2 blockers. These reduce the acid amount being produced by one’s stomach.
Since the early 1980s, Zantac is a very popular over the counter antacid drug, commonly used for heartburn, reflux, and many other throat, stomach and gastrointestinal issues. Many also use it for some allergies to complement their treatment.
The dosage for Zantac can vary in the range of 75 and 150 mg tablets, though some patients also take a 300mg dosage once a day.
There have been many studies since the 1980s demonstrating that there’s a clear link between the NDMA present in Zantac and cancer. It has also been alleged with mounting evidence that Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, two large pharmaceutical companies producing the Zantac medicine concealed the link Zantac had with cancer from millions of people consuming it for various issues. The consumers were deceived as Zantac become the first drug generating extraordinary sales worth $1 billion.
Why is Zantac used?
The ranitidine or Zantac tablet is usually taken for a variety of issues that may include intestinal and stomach cancers, erosive esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease or any other condition wherein the stomach might be producing excessive acid.
Zantac may be used in combination with other treatment as well i.e. other medicines will also be taken along with Zantac for the same medical condition. It is usually used for short-term treatment,, however it may be used for an extended period ranging from weeks to months, if it is used for some other medical issue.
How does Zantac work?
As mentioned earlier, Zantac falls in the ‘histamine receptor antagonists’ category of drugs, which are a collection of drugs working commonly. Patients with similar medical conditions are often prescribed with it.
It does not work like an antacid, rather it works in a way that the amount of acid produced by your stomach reduces. Meanwhile, antacids are commonly used to neutralize the acid already present in the stomach
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If you have taken Zantac or ranitidine and been diagnosed with cancer, you may have a case against the manufacturers. Contact Us for a free case evaluation!
Zantac and ranitidine are being recalled due to contamination with the probable human carcinogen NDMA. According to Valisure’s Citizen’s Petition, all types of Zantac and ranitidine are affected by the NDMA contamination. The problem is with the molecular structure of the drug, which is consistent across all types of both branded Zantac and generic ranitidine.
Yes. On April, 1, 2020, the FDA requested the recall of all Zantac & ranitidine products from the U.S. market
The FDA recommends that patients who take prescription versions of Zantac and ranitidine should speak with their physicians before making any changes. The FDA further noted that consumers taking over-the-counter versions of Zantac or ranitidine should cease use of these products and safety dispose of any remaining medication.
The FDA has recommended the removal of all Zantac and ranitidine products from the U.S. market. The FDA Zantac recall is the product of months of testing to determine whether the product was contaminated with the probable human carcinogen NDMA. On September 13, 2019, the FDA released a statement, indicating that “some ranitidine medicines” contain NDMA “at low levels.” FDA further indicated the agency would be examining levels and the possible risk to patients
Zantac and ranitidine products have been recalled from the U.S. market. Therefore we recommend speaking with your doctor about what course of action might be safest for you and your baby if you are currently taking Zantac or a ranitidine product.
Zantac has been classified as a Category B medication, meaning that it is safe for use during pregnancy. Specifically, a medication placed into Category B means that animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus, and there are no well-controlled studies in pregnant women. While this may sound a little frightening, there are very few medications in Category A, simply because it is exceptionally difficult to run studies on pregnant women due to ethical issues.
However, some studies have shown that NDMA can cross the placental barrier.
NDMA and other related nitrosamines (such as NDEA and NMBA) were also discovered in other medications, including valsartan and losartan somewhat recently. While the reason for the contamination in those drugs relates to the manufacturing process, as opposed to the molecular makeup of the drug, the risks of NDMA exposure can result in many of the same types of cancers and other complications.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac or ranitidine, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contac us for a free consultation and to learn more about the Zantac litigation.
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One may experience drowsiness or tiredness on taking a Zantac tablet with some other side effects as well. Following are the more common side effects of the drug:
- Stomach discomfort/pain
You may get rid of these side effects if they are minor to moderate, however if they are severe and do not rid away you must consult a pharmacist or doctor as soon as possible.
Severe side effects of the drug may include:
- Altering brain function with symptoms like confusion, agitation, depression, blurry vision and hallucinations
- Abnormal heart rate with symptoms such as shortness of breath, tiredness or a very fast heart rate
- Inflammation of liver that may involve symptoms like dark urine, stomach pain, tiredness and eye whites/skin getting yellow
Zantac or ranitidine may interfere with other herbs, vitamins or medicines you may be taking. This is when a substance alters the way another medication is working. The former medicine/vitamin/herb may be prevented to work the way it is supposed to due to the other drug, in this case Zantac, bringing out harmful outcomes in many cases.
All the medications should be managed by the doctor prescribing ranitidine, to avoid any such interference. Your doctor must be aware of every vitamin, herb or medicine you are taking when they prescribe Zantac
There are certain medicines which amplify the risk of side effects when used with ranitidine. These include:
- Warfarin: When warfarin and ranitidine are taken together, the risk of blood clots or bleeding may increase.
- Delavirdine: Ranitidine lowers the levels of delavirdine in body, implying that the drug wont work when taken alongside ranitidine and can in fact reap hazardous effects for your body.
- Procainamide: Severe side effects from procainamide may be experienced if taken with ranitidine.
- Glipizide: Taking the two together can increase the risk of low blood sugar levels.
- Midazolam and Triazolam: The risk of severe drowsiness can increase which may last for a while if ranitidine is consumed with either of the two drugs.
Following drugs if used with ranitidine may not work as effectively as they should,, because ranitidine typically reduces the levels of these drugs in the body. Examples of such drugs are:
- Atazanavir: If you take ranitidine with atazanavir, the doctor must suggest an interval between the two drugs.
- Gefitinib: If gefitinib with antacid sodium bicarbonate is being consumed with ranitidine, the former wont work effectively.
- Gastric cancer patients: The acid levels in stomach are reduced by ranitidine removing any symptoms of a gastrointestinal condition. However, if these symptoms are still triggered by cancerous tumors present the tumor will still remain and wont be treated by this drug.
- Kidney disease patients: If one has a history of kidney issues or is experiencing some currently, the drug may not be cleared well by the body leading to increased ranitidine in body causing even more side effects.
- Individuals with inherited blood disorder (porphyria): The acute porphyria attack may be triggered again if used by someone having a history of the disease.
- Liver disease patients: It may be challenging to process the drugs by bodies of those who have a history of or are currently experiencing liver diseases. Further side effects will be caused with the increased levels of ranitidine in body.
- Children: This drug is not safe for children younger than one month for any condition, and not even for those under 18 years whose stomach might be making a lot of acid.
- Seniors: Kidneys of adults are not well functioning compared to younger ones, so to process any drug their bodies may consume more time. This means the drug will stay in their bodies for long leading to various side effects including depression, confusion, hallucinations and agitation.
- Pregnant women: Pregnant women must only use the drug if there is an apparent emergency, and the doctor must be consulted when consumed.
- Breastfeeding women: these women must inform their doctors before taking ranitidine as it may pass through the milk leading to side effects for the child when being breastfed.
Ranitidine making it to the News
It was announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during September 2019 that they are carrying out an investigation about Zantac cancer risks after they found NDMA levels up t0 3000 times greater than the daily limit prescribed by FDA in these tablets.
There are numerous people who took the drug and are now cancer patients, turning to the courts to file a Zantac lawsuit in order to hold the manufacturers accountable for their carelessness and disregard of human health just for profit making.
A request for immediate withdrawal of all Zantac products from the market was issued by FDA on April 1st 2020 after identifying the fact that ranitidine products multiply with time when stored at higher than room temperatures. Many manufacturers issued recalls of the generic Zantac themselves before even FDA officially directed all to do so.
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