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Zantac Lawyers in Greenville

Representation for Zantac Injury Victims

Zantac is a popular heartburn treatment medication that many people rely on to reduce pain, discomfort, and other symptoms of the condition. It is available in multiple forms, both as an over-the-counter and prescription drug.

The main chemical ingredient in Zantac is ranitidine, a component which is present in an assortment of generic medications as well. Ranitidine has been linked to high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical that is associated with cancer risk. Our Greenville Zantac attorneys handle cases related to ranitidine drugs and cancer.

If you or a loved one is a regular Zantac use and was diagnosed with cancer, send us a messageor call (864) 408-8890 for a free consultation with our legal team.

Why Was Zantac Recalled?

The pharmaceutical companies Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, and Sanofi, among others, halted the production of Zantac and generic ranitidine medications in September and October of 2019. The remaining supply of Zantac was pulled from the shelves of CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart.

Zantac was voluntarily recalled by drug manufacturers and national retailers. The recall actions were not ordered by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but taken in response to an agency investigation into a potential NDMA contamination in ranitidine. NDMA is known as a “probable carcinogen.” The presence of NDMA in Zantac was initially identified by Valisure, an online pharmacy that claims to test all of the medications they carry.

Why is Zantac Hazardous?

Many people associated the findings on Zantac with the NDMA contamination of blood pressure medications that was discovered early in 2019. Although both of these cases involve the same carcinogen, there is evidence that the chemical’s presence in Zantac is due to a different reason than the blood pressure drugs.

The presence of NDMA in blood pressure medication was linked to errors in the manufacturing process. Conversely, the NDMA in Zantac appears to be the result of the chemical interactions of ranitidine in the human body. Ranitidine may engage with naturally-present enzymes and form NDMA, or increase the amount of existing NDMA in the drugs.

Potential Side Effects of Zantac Use

NDMA has been labeled by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The levels of NDMA in Zantac were labeled as “unacceptable” by the FDA, exhibiting a significant cancer risk.

Zantac use is particularly associated with the development of cancers such as:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Small intestine cancer
  • Stomach cancer

I am a Regular Zantac User — What Should I Do?

The FDA has not issued an official order to users of Zantac and generic ranitidine medications to cease treatment. If you are a person who regularly uses Zantac for heartburn treatment and are concerned about the risks of use, discuss alternative medication options with your doctor. There are many different heartburn medications that do not contain ranitidine and are known to be just as effective as Zantac. The FDA stated in a release about Zantac that there is no NDMA in medications such as Pepcid, Tagamet, Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec.

Your doctor can advise you on the risks and benefits of continued Zantac use, as well as potential alternative treatments which may work for you. Medications affect every person differently, so it is important to speak to your medical care provider about Zantac and your specific case.

Contact Us to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

The Christian & Davis LLC legal team represents people who were diagnosed with cancer due to the regular use of Zantac or generic ranitidine drugs. Contact us for dedicated, experienced legal assistance with your dangerous drug case.

To schedule a free case evaluation with our Zantac attorneys in Greenville, complete our contact formof call (864) 408-8890.

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