The FDA has warned that Zantac may have ingredients that are linked to cancer. If you have taken Ranitidine regularly and have been recently diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.

Before you contact an attorney, it is important to know exactly what you’re dealing with, and whether or not you actually have a case in your favor. Our legal team at the Law Offices of Jeff Martin is experienced with helping those with personal injury and medication lawsuits and is dedicated to representing those that have been injured or become ill due to another party’s negligence. Here’s what we know about the Zantac recall and the lawsuits that have followed.

What is Zantac?

Zantac, generically known as Ranitidine, is a group of drugs that are called histamine-2 blockers. These drugs are used to reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. It treats conditions that cause the production of too much stomach acid, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions that cause the acid to go into the esophagus, commonly  known as “heartburn.” 

What Are the Side Effects of Zantac (Ranitidine)?

Though today the Federal Drug Administration has warned against the use of all Zantac products, the producers of Zantac and Ranitidine warned that they could produce a variety of different side effects, including:

  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain
  • Issues sleeping
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Swollen or tender breasts (in men)
  • May affect liver function at high doses

In addition to these seemingly minor side effects, the FDA has further researched these drugs for much more serious illnesses, including a variety of different cancers.

What Ingredient Is Actually Causing the Cancers?

In the Spring of 2019, an online pharmacy named Valisure detected levels of dimethylformamide, which can form nitrosamine impurities like N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. NDMA is classified as a possible cancer-causing substance by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

NDMA was used to make rocket fuel years ago, but it was banned after high levels were found in air, water, and soil samples around fuel manufacturing plants.

If it was banned for use in making rocket fuel, then why should it be in your medication? The NDMA levels in Ranitidine pills are in excess of 300,000 nanograms per tablet. According to its website, the FDA’s acceptable daily intake for NDMAs is not to exceed 96 nanograms per day. These dangerous levels of NDMAs are linked to several different types of cancer including:

  • Bladder cancer 
  • Brain cancer 
  • Colon and rectal cancer 
  • Esophageal cancer 
  • Intestinal cancer 
  • Kidney cancer 
  • Liver cancer 
  • Ovarian cancer 
  • Pancreatic cancer 
  • Prostate cancer 
  • Stomach cancer 
  • Testicular cancer 
  • Uterine cancer

If you live in Oklahoma, have taken Zantac, and have any of the above cancers, you need to contact our legal office today. We have extensive experience with personal injury and class action lawsuits that can be a valuable asset when seeking compensation for any injury potentially caused by Zantac use.

Just because you have a cancer listed above and have taken Zantac does not mean you’re automatically entitled to compensation. 

Zantac Lawsuit Legal Team That Puts Your Needs First

We have decades of experience and offer custom-tailored strategies that can increase your chances of a successful result. At the Law Offices of Jeff Martin, you can rest assured knowing you’re in the hands of a committed legal team.

If you have taken Zantac or Ranitidine and have been diagnosed with any of the various types of cancer listed above, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We will evaluate your circumstances and if you have a case, we will build a strong strategy to help you pursue compensation for your pain and suffering. Don't hesitate, call 918-728-8888!