Military Personnel Warned to Stop Taking Zantac

A little less than 2 weeks after the FDA asked to have Zantac pulled from the marketplace, military officials have sent a warning notice to all military personnel and beneficiaries that they should stop taking the dangerous drug.

Military.com writes, “Defense Health Agency officials on Monday advised military beneficiaries who take Zantac, also known as ranitidine, for heartburn, ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux disease, to speak with their doctors to switch prescriptions. Those using an over-the-counter version should stop taking it.”

Zantac has been associated with a carcinogen that is produced when Zantac is stored for a long period of time or stored at higher than room temperature. According to the FDA, an impurity in Zantac called N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, "increases over time, and when stored at higher than room temperatures may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity."

NDMA, a chemical found in industrial and natural processes, is an environmental pollutant that is classified as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.

If you or a loved one have been prescribed Zantac or purchased it over-the-counter, it is important to stop taking it and dispose of it safely. While the Department of Defense has a drug take-back program, the DoD is advising personnel to dispose of the drug at home rather than risk exposure to the coronavirus.

To throw away medications, the FDA recommends:

  • Mixing uncrushed pills or liquids with an unappealing substance, such as dirt, cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  • Placing the mixture in a container, such as a sealable plastic bag.
  • Throwing the container away in the trash.
  • Removing all personal information on the prescription labels of empty medication bottles or packaging and recycling.

The FDA also asks patients to report any adverse reactions they experienced while taking the medication, by speaking to their health providers or reporting through the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

If you or a loved one have been taking Zantac and have experienced health issues, contact Attorney David Rheingold immediately at 888-260-0473.

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