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What is Zantac? What Is It Prescribed For? Who Is At Risk?

Zantac, is a popular over-the-counter (OTC) medication, used to reduce any production of stomach acid in the body. This medication, scientifically known, as Ranitidine, is commonly used to treat and prevent ulcers of the stomach and intestines, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, peptic ulcer disease, acid indigestion, as well as gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is commonly referred to, as GERD.

Zantac is not only an OTC medication, but is also available via prescription. Ranitidine itself, belongs to a class of drugs called h2, which stands for histamine-2, as it is a blocker. Zantac was first introduced to the public in 1981 and is now in the Top 100 most prescribed drugs in the United States.

In October 2019, may big-box retailers stopped the sale of Zantac, as well as other popular ranitidine medications. This recall was sparked by new research that suggested that NDMA, a harmful carcinogen was found to be present inside of medications containing ranitidine.

What Are The Side Effects? Do I Have a Claim?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has previously announced that due to chemical contamination, there is a certain risk of developing several different types of cancer due to the use of Zantac.

The various types of cancer that can be caused from the use of Zantac are as follows: 

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Since this type of contamination was first discovered, there have been several notable recalls for Zantac. Sandoz was the first to issue a recall, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid and CVS were quick to follow with the same type of action. A month later, Sanofi, manufacturers of Zantac issued a recall.

The FDA has advised that the public can still consume Zantac at their discretion, and if anyone who currently takes the prescription form of Zantac is looking to find an alternative medicine, it would be wise to consult with their doctor first to see if that type of treatment is currently available.

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