Zantac, a popular medication used to treat heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions that affect stomach acid is being taken off shelves. This brand name is for ranitidine drugs, which contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a probable human carcinogen and has been linked to cancer.
The FDA has issued a request to stop the manufacturing of ranitidine medications in 2020 because of an ongoing investigation looking into NDMA levels in ranitidine drugs. While low doses of NDMA are typically not linked to cancer, the NDMA levels in ranitidine drugs may increase over time to unsafe levels. The levels increase over time and when the drug is stored at higher than room temperatures.
Those who take these drugs may be in danger of exposure to higher NDMA levels. The FDA’s withdrawal request means that these drugs will no longer be available for new or existing prescriptions or for over-the-counter medicine in the U.S. to prevent this exposure in the future.
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac and received a cancer diagnosis, you may have grounds to take legal action. A personal injury lawyer from Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys can help you file a Chicago Zantac cancer lawsuit.
You may be wondering about the cancer that may be related to Zantac. Unfortunately, there are several kinds of cancer that higher levels of NDMA can potentially cause. Let’s take a look at those types of cancer.
The Types of Cancer Related to Zantac
Zantac may be the cause of various types of cancer that can affect different vital organs. Taking Zantac, Zantac 150 Maximum Strength, and Zantac 75 could have caused one of the following types of cancer:
If you or a loved one received a cancer diagnosis, you’re likely thinking about the prognosis and treatment. Many other factors may affect the prognosis, like age, other health conditions, and how long the drug was used. Cancer treatment can involve chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, forms of therapy, taking medication, and more. While different treatment plans will vary, the treatment process can take months. This is months of going to appointments, receiving treatment, and recovering from the treatment.
While treatment is available, it can be incredibly taxing on the person and a full recovery may not be guaranteed. When it’s caught in the early stages, treatment may focus on preventing the cancer from spreading and getting rid of the cancerous cells that have formed, while also providing ways to mitigate pain. If the cancer is in advanced stages, then the treatment may focus more on pain management and staying comfortable.
Regardless of the treatment plan, you deserve to have access to the health care you need. You shouldn’t have to worry about medical expenses when you’re focusing on your health. With an experienced attorney at your side, you’ll know we’re fighting for your rights to full and fair compensation.
More Information About Zantac
While those who have taken Zantac and other ranitidine products may be nervous to learn about its potential dangers, it’s important to know what to do. For those who are taking over-the-counter Zantac, then it’s recommended to find alternative drugs that are approved to treat your condition. Drugs like Pepcid, Tagamet, Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec are possible alternatives. Speaking with your doctor about their recommended alternative may help you find the one that works best for you.
If you’re taking prescription-level Zantac, don’t make any changes until you speak with your doctor. It can be dangerous to stop taking a prescription without consulting a health care professional. Your doctor will be able to advise you on what to do.
Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys Is Here for You
Filing a lawsuit against the drug company that manufactured Zantac can seem intimidating. You may wonder if starting the legal process is worth it. While these cases can be complex and take time, our lawyers have experience in standing up to larger companies that have caused harm because of negligence. We’ll be at your side every step of the way.
You deserve to have the financial peace of mind that compensation can provide. With this security, you’ll be able to get the care you need as well as recover for other losses from your illness, like past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages and pain and suffering. To find out if you may be eligible to file a case, call Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys today. We’ll schedule a no obligation, free consultation to go over what happened to you and to discuss your options.