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What to do if you have taken Zantac

Zantac, marketed over the counter as ranitidine, is one of the most popular over-the-counter antacids on the market. Customers in Ohio who suffer from acute or severe heartburn may have taken Zantac and need to know what to do now. The Zantac recall affects millions of patients around the country, and you could be included.

What is Zantac?

Zantac is referred to as an H2 blocker. According to the FDA, that means that Zantac works by blocking the signal that your brain sends to your stomach to make acid. While Davison is the manufacturer for brand name Zantac, the medication has been around for so long that there are now several manufacturers of the generic ranitidine.

What was Zantac recalled?

The FDA has discovered that certain lots of Zantac contain NDMA, which is a carcinogenic that may cause cancer. This led to the Zantac recall that impacted both brand name and generic versions of Zantac.

What to do if you are on Zantac

If you are a Zantac patient, it is important that you stop taking the medication immediately. Speak to your physician or your pharmacy about other options that may be available to you. Other medications that may help treat your heartburn include:

  • Tagamet
  • Pepcid
  • Nexium
  • Protonix
  • Prilosec

What if I don’t want to take new medicine?

If you and your doctor decide that none of the other heartburn medications on the market suit your needs, you can consider other options. There are also non-medicinal routes that you can take to treat your heartburn:

  • Wear looser fitting clothes
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid fatty or spicy foods

Many of the patients who have taken Zantac have been awarded financial compensation. If you have taken Zantac or ranitidine and have been affected by the cancer-causing agent discovered in it, contact an attorney today to find out how you can recover the damages that you are entitled to.

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