If you’ve taken Zantac for heartburn, you should be aware that it may be linked to prostate, colon and bladder cancer. Zantac was recalled from the market in April 2020, and hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer. Here’s what you need to know about this potential risk—and what you can do about it if you were affected.
Why is Zantac linked to cancer?
Zantac is the commercial name for ranitidine, an anti-acid medication. People take it to treat acid reflux. According to Drugwatch, “Concerns over Zantac’s link to cancer stem from a potential connection between ranitidine and its ability to form NDMA [a cancer-causing chemical]. Some studies as far back as the 1980s hinted at a link between the drug and NDMA formation. But one study that looked at the records of 65 million people found people who took ranitidine had less of a cancer risk than those who took another H2 blocker, famotidine.”
The Zantac formula containing ranitidine was recalled in April 2020. The manufacturer now makes Zantac 360, a formula using famotidine instead of ranitidine. Famotidine has not yet been linked to NDMA or cancer.
The problem with Zantac and ranitidine is that it’s the only known carcinogen where levels may actually increase, the longer it sits on the shelf. While scientists have not yet determined the true risk factor between ranitidine and cancer, some studies have indeed shown that it’s linked to an increased risk.
Lawyers filing Zantac lawsuits have noted that clients without a genetic history of cancer have been afflicted. When you’re not predisposed to cancer, the most likely culprit are environmental factors. NDMA exposure is environmental, especially in the amounts that Zantac users may have ingested. In addition to bladder, colon and prostate cancer, users may develop “stomach, colorectal, esophageal, bladder, breast, liver, prostate, pancreatic, ovarian and melanoma.”
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, be sure to tell your doctor about your history with ranitidine. This will inform their diagnosis and treatment. Then call a personal injury attorney. A lawyer will review your case and let you know whether you have a good chance of succeeding in a Zantac lawsuit.
It’s important to note that research is still ongoing, and Zantac hasn’t been definitively linked to cancer—but the evidence strongly suggests there is a link. Your lawyer will discuss the latest developments and your legal options.
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