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Types of Heartburn Medication Cancer

Zantac Class Action Lawsuit Attorney

If you took the heartburn medication Zantac (ranitidine), you may have been exposed to high levels of a cancer-causing chemical compound. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or experienced adverse reactions after taking ranitidine, it’s time you learn more about how to become part of a Zantac cancer lawsuit.

For more than half a century, the accomplished and aggressive personal injury attorneys of Gerling Law have fought passionately to help clients harmed by pharmaceutical companies and dangerous drugs. You deserve compensation for your injuries, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Contact us today to talk to one of our Zantac cancer lawyers. We will listen to your story and help you evaluate your options for taking legal action and recovering compensation.

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Health Risks and Side Effects of Zantac

Zantac is the brand name of a widely used, over-the-counter acid reflux (heartburn) drug. The generic version of this drug, ranitidine, is also sold under a variety of other prescription and non-prescription medication brands.

When this medication’s active ingredient breaks down, it releases a chemical compound known as N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. This phenomenon increases when the drug is stored above room temperature or exposed to heat, as this causes further instability in ranitidine molecules.

NDMA is a known carcinogen, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is found in drinking water supplies around the world as a result of rocket fuel degradation and other industrial processes.

Long-term exposure to NDMA is linked to gastric and colorectal cancer. Taking Zantac or another medication containing ranitidine—including the popular prescription medication nizatidine—could also potentially lead to the development of cancer in various parts of the human body, including:

  • Esophagus,

  • Breast,

  • Thyroid,

  • Liver,

  • Pancreas,

  • Stomach,

  • Kidney,

  • Ovaries,

  • Prostate,

  • Testicles,

  • Uterus, or

  • Bladder.

The WHO also reports that exposure to NDMA can potentially cause cancer to develop in vitro, increasing the risk of harm to an unborn child. Other possible side effects of taking ranitidine include liver disease and bradycardia (slowing of the heart rate).

If you or a loved one took Zantac, ranitidine, nizatidine, or another type of heartburn medication, you could develop these or other serious health complications. A dangerous drug attorney can evaluate your case and explain your options for pursuing an insurance claim, filing a lawsuit, or joining an existing Zantac class-action lawsuit.

Zantac Recall Information

The pharmaceutical company Glaxo (now GlaxoSmithKline) released Zantac in 1981. Originally a prescription medication, this drug became the world’s number-one-selling prescription by 1987. Both OTC and prescription versions have been used internationally for the treatment of heartburn, acid reflux, and stomach ulcers for four decades.

A 2019 article in Scientific American reported that Glaxo began conducting studies on Zantac’s safety in the early 80s. In the following decades, multiple studies began to show a potential pattern of ranitidine-related disease risks, including bladder and gastric cancer. However, it wasn’t until the summer of 2019 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) became aware that an independent laboratory had identified the presence of NDMA in ranitidine and ordered additional testing.

In September 2019, manufacturers began voluntary recalls of both OTC and prescription drugs containing ranitidine. In April 2020, the FDA ordered a recall of Zantac and any remaining ranitidine drugs on the market.

Joining The Zantac Lawsuit

If you suffered adverse health effects from taking a ranitidine drug, you might be facing extensive medical treatment—especially if you developed any type of cancer as a result of NDMA exposure. The cost of your treatment could easily range into (or beyond) hundreds of thousands of dollars.

You deserve fair compensation for your treatment costs, lost income, and other damages you sustained as a result of taking this medication. To recover the compensation you need, you may want to consider a Zantac cancer lawsuit.

Even if you haven’t yet been diagnosed with any type of cancer or adverse health consequence, you may have the right to recover compensation due to the manufacturer’s failure to warn of the drug’s potential harm. Contact us today about joining a Zantac class-action lawsuit.

How A Zantac Cancer Lawyer Can Help You

The experienced personal injury attorneys of Gerling Law are committed to helping you get justice. Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products do not subject the public to harm. If you were harmed by Zantac, nizatidine, or any type of ranitidine drug, we can assist you in pursuing a claim or filing a civil lawsuit against the drug manufacturer and any other parties that may have caused or contributed to your damages.

Having an experienced product liability attorney on your side helps protect your legal rights and ensures you get the best possible outcome in your case. We are proud of our history of settlements, verdicts, and awards. Although the outcome of your case may not be reflected in our history, we have helped thousands of clients and recovered more than $500 million on their behalf.

If you lost a loved one after they took Zantac, we can assist you with a wrongful death claim. No settlement or jury award will bring back your loved one. However, we can help you send a clear message to the drug manufacturer and assist you in recovering compensation. You may be eligible to recover funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering, loss of financial support, loss of inheritance, and loss of guidance or companionship.  

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