According to findings from internet pharmacy Valisure, the ingredient ranitidine in Zantac may put you at risk of developing cancer, either as a short- or long-term side effect of taking Zantac. In addition, other possible short- or long-term side effects of Zantac, according to Healthline, are:
- Problems with your cardiovascular health
- Problems with your liver health
- Undesirable changes to your brain
You could be eligible to bring a lawsuit if you developed cancer after taking Zantac or another form of its primary ingredient, ranitidine.
NDMA in Zantac Is a Serious Threat to Your Health
N-Nitrosodimethylamine is an organic chemical compound abbreviated as NDMA. It is present in some Zantac because of the medication’s active ingredient, ranitidine. In 2019, Valisure determined that the levels of NDMA that may arise from the breakdown of ranitidine in the body are much higher than what the FDA allows.
According to litigation brought on behalf of consumers who developed cancer after taking Zantac or another form of ranitidine—multidistrict litigation (MDL) 2924—some of the cancers that are the possible result of taking Zantac or ranitidine include:
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Bladder cancer
These cancers may prove fatal if they are not caught early enough, in which case a pharmaceutical manufacturer, and possibly other parties, may be responsible for the death of you or your loved one. Even if you or your loved one successfully beat a cancer that may have resulted from taking Zantac, you may have endured various losses that are the result of negligence.
Consumers Had No Idea About Zantac’s Cancer Risk
Since Zantac’s approval by the FDA in 1983, countless consumers took prescription or over-the-counter versions of Zantac or generic ranitidine to treat and prevent heartburn, GERD, and stomach ulcers, according to Reuters.
While the FDA and various manufacturers of Zantac and ranitidine acknowledged side effects, the potential of developing cancer was not among the product warnings. Some other warnings that consumers of Zantac and ranitidine did not have at their disposal include that ranitidine in Zantac and other medications could be inherently unstable, meaning that it could convert into the “probable carcinogen” NDMA once entering your body.
The links between Zantac, ranitidine, and increased risks of cancer and other long-term side effects are strong enough that:
- The FDA has requested that all drug manufacturers remove products containing ranitidine, including Zantac, from the market.
- Drug makers like Sanofi have removed products containing ranitidine, including Zantac, from drug markets.
- Consumers who believe that their cancer may have been caused by taking Zantac, generic ranitidine, or another drug containing ranitidine are pursuing compensation through lawsuits such as MDL 2924.
The established findings that ranitidine may cause unsafe levels of NDMA in your system and may lead to cancer could also be enough for you to join a class action or bring a lawsuit of your own.
You May Be Able to Join or Bring a Ranitidine Lawsuit
You may be eligible to join a lawsuit such as MDL 2924 or bring an individual lawsuit on your own if you developed cancer after taking a drug containing ranitidine.
You may choose to reach out to a legal team to assist with your lawsuit. If you do accept the help of a lawyer, then your lawyer may:
- Listen to your account of taking ranitidine and later developing cancer
- Seek documentation for your ranitidine use as well as your subsequent cancer
- File your lawsuit or helping you join an existing lawsuit such as MDL 2924
- Calculate the compensation to which you should be entitled
- Oversee all legal responsibilities necessary to obtain awards to which you are entitled
- Defend your rights
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses, such as the costs related to chemotherapy treatment, hospitalization, and prescription medications
- Lost wages, if the side effects you experienced required you to take time off work
- Lost earning capacity, if the side effects required you to work fewer hours, take a lesser paying job, or retire from the workforce completely
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Call Our Team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation
We work hard to defend our fellow Louisianans who have been victimized by negligence, and we may be able to assist you if you or your loved one developed cancer or suffered another of the many long-term side effects of Zantac. Call our team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777 for a free consultation.
We can help you determine whether you might want to join a class action or file an individual lawsuit. We handle cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means you pay us nothing upfront for our services. In fact, you pay us no attorney’s fees unless and until you recover compensation for your injuries related to Zantac use.