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Research suggests link between Zantac and cancer

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2022 | Zantac and ranitidine |

You may be one of many people in North Carolina who have taken ranitidine drugs. You might recognize the drug more easily by its brand name, Zantac. If you have struggled with severe heartburn in the past, you may have used Zantac to help alleviate discomfort. Several years ago, manufacturers pulled Zantac from store shelves under recommendation from the federal government.  

During processing and manufacturing, certain impurities can contaminate a drug, such as Zantac, specifically, nitrosamines. N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is a chemical found in high levels in people who have taken ranitidine drugs to treat heartburn or similar conditions. These products faced a voluntary recall due to evidence suggesting that they cause gastrointestinal cancers.  

Recent studies concluded that NDMA is a plausible carcinogen in humans

In years past, the only evidence that existed, showing a link between NDMA and terminal diseases, was that which was discovered through animal studies. More recently, researchers say it is plausible that NDMA also causes cancer in humans.  

Zantac isn’t the only product you might use or consume that contains NDMA. In fact, if you eat hot dogs or other cured meats, you’ll no doubt have an increased level of nitrosamines in your system. Some studies show, however, that the increase is quite substantial in people who use ranitidine drugs. NDMA exposure is also possible in contaminated water supplies or by breathing it in the air in factories or other places.  

Hepatic tumors and multiple cancers may be a risk 

Animal studies show a connection between hepatic tumors (tumors in the liver) and NDMA. If you were regularly taking Zantac, you might also be concerned about colorectal issues, as well as breast cancer, stomach cancer and more.  

If you haven’t been feeling well and have symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, lack of appetite, fatigue, chest or abdominal discomfort, a lingering cough or a general feeling of malaise, it’s always best to schedule a medical examination as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to let your doctor know that you have taken ranitidine drugs in the past.  

Many people believe Zantac caused their illness 

Throughout the country — including, perhaps, some people in North Carolina — there are currently numerous lawsuits regarding Zantac and possible cancer-related injuries. New developments in research are surfacing all the time, and more and more people believe they have evidence to show that their chronic illnesses may have been caused by ranitidine drugs.  

If you receive a cancer diagnosis and have used such drugs in the past, you might want to speak with someone who is well-versed on the litigation issues regarding such products that are prevalent in the U.S. court system today.