Zantac Lawsuit: Case Details, Side Effects, and Complaints
Zantac® (generic name ranitidine) is a popular antacid medication that has been on the market since the 1980s. It is readily available to either purchase over the counter or through a prescription. People typically use Zantac® for acid reflux, heartburn, and various other throat/gastrointestinal issues. Zantac® can also be used for allergies to supplement a person’s treatment regimen.
Zantac® is a histamine-2 (H2) blocker that decreases acidity in the stomach. H2 receptors are present on the cells in the stomach lining. These receptors are normally stimulated by a histamine chemical to produce acid to help digest food. Zantac® (ranitidine) blocks these receptors, and prevents histamine from producing its normal effect, which causes the stomach to produce less acid.
The manufacturers of Zantac® and generic ranitidine warned providers and patients of several side effects, however they never warned about the potential to be exposed to a carcinogen. When cautioning of potential side effects, manufacturers of warned of the following:
- Sleep problems
- Decreased sex drive
- Gastrointestinal side effects (abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, etc.)
- Easy bruising or bleeding
While this is not a comprehensive list of side effects, manufacturers never listed exposure to a carcinogen.
Zantac® has been linked to several injuries including:
- Bladder cancer
- Colon and rectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Uterine cancer
When word of Zantac’s complications leaked, several U.S. retailers voluntarily removed Zantac from their shelves including Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid. Following this, some manufacturers also halted distribution of their product and others recalled their products.
Lawsuits are being filed against manufacturers for injuries caused by Zantac® and generic ranitidine.
These lawsuits cite concerns that Zantac® and generic ranitidine tablets contain dangerous amounts of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) that fall above the limit established by the FDA. NDMA is an organic compound that has been found to be probably carcinogenic to humans because it can modify DNA.
Plaintiffs brining claims against manufacturers have claimed that defendants failed to warn providers and consumers about the dangers of taking Zantac®, and did not warn of the production of NDMA in the human body.
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The attorneys of Wright & Schulte work every day to preserve the rights of personal injury victims, one case and one client at time. If you or a loved one are suffering from any of the side effects listed above following use of Zantac® (ranitidine) and you’re looking for a personal injury law firm that will guarantee the caring, personalized, and loyal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte today. For a FREE, no obligation legal evaluation of your case, fill out the brief form or give Wright & Schulte a call, toll-free, at 1-800-399-0795.
Zantac® is a registered trademark and is herein used only to identify the product in question.
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