Representing New York Victims Of Zantac Side Effects
Officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered that all medications sold under the brand name Zantac be removed from store shelves idue to their risk of causing cancer to users. If you or someone you love has developed cancer after taking Zantac to treat heartburn, you may be able to file a Zantac lawsuit.
With more than 20 years of legal experience and millions of dollars recovered for clients, our Zantac lawsuit attorney in Fishkill is dedicated to helping individuals like you recover after a devastating injury or illness caused by negligence. You shouldn’t have to pay the price for another party’s mistakes. Michael A. Fakhoury, Esq., P.C., can hold drug makers responsible for the bodily harm they’ve caused to users. When you call our team, you can expect to be treated with respect and compassion during this challenging time.
What Are Zantac And NDMA?
Known by its chemical name as ranitidine hydrochloride, Zantac is a medication used to treat heartburn by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. The drug, which has been on the market since the 1980s, is available over the counter and by prescription, and is also used to treat acid reflux and other throat, stomach, and gastrointestinal problems. Sold by the drug company known as Sanofi, Zantac is typically used regularly for long periods of time.
Why Was Zantac Recalled?
Zantac heartburn medicine began being recalled voluntarily in January after the FDAS detected N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical associated with cancer, in the drug. In September 2019, the FDA tested the drug to find that it contained NDMA at levels up to 3,000 times greater than the daily intake limit. NDMA is a probable carcinogen to humans as well as animals.
NDMA exposure is linked to cancers including:
- Stomach cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Common Cancer Symptoms Associated With Zantac
If you’re a Zantac user, it’s important to stop taking the medication and monitor your physical health for any signs of cancer. If you are experiencing certain cancer-related symptoms, it’s crucial that you seek medical attention and diagnosis. If you are diagnosed, our lawyer can advocate for your right to compensation.
Common symptoms associated with Zantac-caused cancer include:
- Weight loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Poor appetite
- Yellowing of skin or eyes
- Symptoms of anemia, including dizziness, fatigue, and weakness
- Back pain
- Dark urine, or blood in urine
- Painful urination
- Change in bowel habits
What To Do If You’re A Zantac User
The FDA is now recommending that consumers stop taking pills or liquid versions of Zantac. Before you stop your medications completely, it’s suggested that users consult their physicians to determine other options for treating their conditions.
Other medications that can help those with heartburn issues include:
- Cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Lansoprazole (Prevacid)
- Famotidine (Pepcid)
- Esomeprazole (Nexium)
- Omeprazole (Prilosec)
While typically the FDA offers specific drop-off centers for users to safely dispose of their harmful medications, due to COVID-19 concerns users will need to personally throw away their Zantac pills and liquid medications.
How We Can Help
Even though Zantac is now being recalled, research and evidence show that drug makers have known about NDMA’s dangerous effects in Zantac for quite some time. There are now countless Zantac lawsuits being filed on behalf of users and families who allege that drug makers have failed in their responsibility to provide safe medications for the public. Our lawyer has helped the injured and ill for decades and can secure the compensation you need to heal.
Zantac Lawsuit Compensation
Damages we can recover include:
- medical bills, including surgery costs, hospital stays, and prescription medications
- lost wages from having to miss work
- pain and suffering inflicted
Navigating the legal system on your own is additional stress that you don’t need right now. With our team on your side, you can trust us to deal with the legal specifics and put your well-being first.