Does Zantac Cause Cancer?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that some acid-reducing and heartburn medications contain a cancer-causing impurity. The medication is known as Ranitidine and is sold over the counter and by prescription as Zantac and Tritec. According to the FDA, Zantac contains 26,000 times more of that impurity than the FDA allows.

What Is The Cancer-Causing Ingredient In Zantac?

The probable human carcinogen in Zantac is N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The research chemical was developed to aid in the production of rocket fuel. Usage stopped after high levels of it were found in the air, water and soil samples near manufacturing plants. It has since been found at several industrial sites. It enters the body when someone eats food or drink water contaminated with NDMA.

Help For People Who Unknowingly Take Dangerous Drugs

When you take a medication, you depend on the pharmaceutical company (and others) to ensure it is safe. Our Cleveland trial attorneys hold drug manufacturers responsible when injuries occur. If you have been taking Zantac, or another variation of Ranitidine, call the experienced  trial lawyers at Kelley & Ferraro, LLP, to learn about your options.

The dangerous ingredient in Ranitidine-containing medications have been linked to a variety of cancers, including:

  • Bladder
  • Colorectal
  • Esophageal
  • Intestinal
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Ovarian
  • Pancreatic
  • Stomach
  • Testicular
  • Uterine

Has Zantac Been Recalled From All Stores?

Only a few of the drug's manufacturers have started a Zantac recall. However, not all versions of the drugs containing Ranitidine have been recalled. While Zantac has been pulled from some store shelves, it is still available in many others.

Should I Stop Taking Zantac?

Health officials recommend that you do not need to immediately stop taking your medication even if you've been taking Zantac for years. However, when a drug is found to have a possible link to cancer, it is best to learn about alternative drugs to take. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist right away and learn about options that are available in prescription and over-the-counter form.

Contact Us Now

If you are taking a heartburn or anti-acid medication containing Ranitidine, and you have cancer, you may be entitled to receive compensation from those who are responsible. Contact our offices as soon as possible to learn about your legal options. We are experienced product liability attorneys, and we have helped clients in Ohio and throughout the country recover monetary damages for their suffering and injuries. Call us at 216-202-3450 or 800-398-1795 toll-free. You may also contact us online.