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.
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.