Dangerous drugs are all around us. One specifically is a very popular drug; Zantac. You may have seen it on commercials which are a common sight to even the most casual television watcher. However, there is a huge problem with Zantac and other Ranitidine drugs. They have been linked to causing cancer.
What is Zantac (Ranitidine)?
Ranitidine is utilized for heartburn or stomach ulcers. Zantac just happens to be the brand name for Ranitidine. Zantac is known to be an H2 blocker or an antagonist. This ultimately alleviates your heartburn by lowering stomach acid levels by blocking out histamine receptors in the stomach. Zantac is also used to treat peptic ulcers and other gastroesophageal conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Zantac and Cancer
Recent testing done by an independent laboratory has resulted in a petition that has been filed with the FDA. These claims state Zantac or ranitidine causes high levels of Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) exposure in those who take the drug. The latest studies confirmed the molecules in the medication are unstable and when they break down in your digestive tract, they create dangerous levels of NDMA.
Based on the results of this testing, it does not matter which kind of ranitidine you take. Whether it be Zantac or an off-brand medication, the NDMA exposure is still high enough to cause cancer in those who take the drug. The compound NDMA, at any level of exposure, is listed as a carcinogen by the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC). NDMA is a commonly used compound researches utilize to induce cancer in their rat test subjects.
Types of Cancer Linked to Zantac (Ranitidine) NDMA
- Small Intestine
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
How Would Someone Qualify for a Zantac Cancer Lawsuit or Settlement?
The first hurdle you must overcome is proof you took the drug Zantac or other forms of ranitidine. Should you have taken Zantac or another form of ranitidine through a prescription, it would be relatively easy to prove you have taken the drug. All you would have to do is retrieve a copy of your pharmacy records.
If you took an over-the-counter version of Zantac or other forms of ranitidine, you can still prove you took the drug, it will just be more difficult to gather the evidence. You can prove your use by gathering receipts, notes in medical records, or basic corroborating evidence or statements that support your claim to regularly taking Zantac or other forms of ranitidine for an extended period of time.
The next step would be to show an injury as a direct result of the dangerous drug. This would mean you need to have a diagnosis of one of the cancers listed above on this page. You can easily prove this by simply acquiring a copy of your medical records from your doctor or hospital. You can seek help from a law firm in getting this information, even though you can quite easily do this yourself as well.
Lastly, you will have to prove your cancer was in relation to the consumption of Zantac (ranitidine). The complex argument you must make in order to prove this drug caused your cancer can be strenuous. This is by far the hardest piece of the puzzle. The reason this is so difficult is due to a number of different factors. Sporadic users of ranitidine products are not as helpful to your potential case as someone who consistently took higher dosages over a longer period of time.
Everything comes down to weighing these factors in and determining just how extensively someone consumed Zantac. Most lawyers would give you an “it depends” response. Basing our information on what most experts claim, it takes roughly a year of regular dosage of Zantac and a year from the first time you took the drug until you began developing symptoms of the primary cancers listed above.
Getting Help on Your Zantac Case
All of these steps seem terrifying to the average consumer. The best option you have is to hire an attorney to represent you in a very difficult legal battle with a company that owes you compensation for your losses they are responsible for.
Reyes Browne Reilley has been taking on dangerous drug cases for more than 30 years. We know just what it takes to prove the company is responsible for their negligent actions which caused you a tremendous amount of harm. We know how to gain substantial compensation for your suffering. Call now to receive a 100% free and confidential case evaluation at (214) 526-7900.