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Could My Cancer Be Caused by NDMA in Zantac?

open bottle of red heartburn pills on table As previously spoken about, Zantac lawsuits and litigation has grown after the Zantac recall by the FDA due to the levels of NDMA found in the medication. Both prescription and over-the-counter Zantac had been requested to be withdrawn and recalled due to a cancer scare. Zantac and Ranitidine are medications given to treat heartburn and acid reflux. “The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity.” 1

The NDMA in Zantac has been named as the chemical that’s causing cancer. “NDMA is a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer).”2 Zantac contains nitrite (“N”) and dimethylamine (“DMA”) as separate molecules. There may be some NDMA in the Zantac pill, but it appears that during digestion the N and DMA break down to combine in large amounts of NDMA. NDMA inserts itself into the human DNA chain and can immediately create cancerous cells.

Cancer Patients Suspecting Their Cancer was Caused by Zantac

If you have taken a high dosage of Zantac for a long period of time, you could have been exposed to the contaminant, NDMA, and may be at risk. “Although classified as a probable carcinogen, NDMA may cause cancer only after exposure to high doses over a long period of time.” 3 Genetic ranitidine (Zantac) can also have this contaminant in it.

The cancers that can be caused by Zantac are:4

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    What should you do if you have taken Zantac? Speak to your prescribing doctor if you have taken Zantac for a long period of time because you may be at risk of having cancer. Importantly, for any legal action, you should safely preserve any evidence of use, like pill bottles, packaging, and purchase receipts.

    If you have been diagnosed with cancer in recent years after taking Zantac and/or Ranitidine, the cause for your cancer may have been the medication contaminated with NDMA. If you believe you have a claim, feel free to contact our office to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of your medication. We are willing to help and get you the justice you deserve.


    1Commissioner, O. (n.d.). FDA Requests Removal of All Ranitidine Products (Zantac) from the Market. Retrieved November 13, 2020, from https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-requests-removal-all-ranitidine-products-zantac-market

    2Ibid

    3Gagne, J. (2019, October 23). Popular heartburn drug ranitidine recalled: What you need to know and do. Retrieved November 13, 2020, from 

    https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/popular-heartburn-drug-ranitidine-recalled-what-you-need-to-know-and-do-2019092817911

    4Brantley, R. (2020, September 04). What Kind of Cancer Does Zantac Cause?: What You Need to Know. Retrieved November 13, 2020, from https://justicecounts.com/dangerous-drugs/what-kind-of-cancer-does-zantac-cause/

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