The FDA has recalled Zantac (and drugs under its generic name, ranitidine) from the market. If you used to take Zantac, you might be wondering what to do. Can you get your money back? What if you have cancer after taking the drug?
This page will answer your questions. Our lawyers at John Foy & Associates are currently speaking with clients about their Zantac lawsuits. If you have questions about legal options, contact us for a FREE consultation.
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Overview of the Zantac Cancer Case
People are talking about Zantac lawsuits because of a press announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency asked manufacturers to take Zantac/ranitidine off the market after testing found a probable cancer-causing substance in some products.
N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is a chemical that could cause cancer in humans and animals. Tests found a link between NDMA and ranitidine:
- The online pharmacy Valisure found extremely high levels of NDMA in ranitidine at high heats.
- The FDA did its own testing and found low levels of NDMA in ranitidine. It also found that NDMA levels can increase over time.
- The FDA first announced the NDMA levels in September 2019. Several drug manufacturers stopped selling Zantac/ranitidine.
- In April 2020, the FDA asked all manufacturers to withdraw the drug from the market.
Since the NDMA information was released, many people have been looking into lawsuits. Those who took Zantac and developed cancer want justice. Whether or not you have cancer from taking Zantac, there are things you can do.
What to Do if You Used Zantac and Have Cancer
If you received a cancer diagnosis after taking Zantac (or ranitidine), talk to a lawyer immediately. You might be able to file a Zantac lawsuit for your damages. Schedule a consultation with a trusted Zantac lawyer to discuss your case.
Bring your medical records, cancer diagnosis, and records of your treatment costs to the consultation. Your lawyer will look at your records and answer any questions. They can help you get started with a personal injury lawsuit.
If you file a lawsuit, you can seek money for:
- Medical bills
- Cancer treatment costs
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
Don’t wait to get started. The statute of limitations for injury cases is two years (Georgia Code § 9-3-33). A lawyer can handle the legal side of things while you focus on treatment.
What to Do if You Used Zantac but Don’t Have Cancer
If you used Zantac but do not have cancer, you can join a class-action lawsuit. A class-action is a lawsuit with multiple people. These cases help hold companies accountable for failing to warn customers about risks.
Even if you didn’t develop cancer, you still used Zantac without knowing the cancer risks. Through a class-action lawsuit, you can recover the money you paid for Zantac or ranitidine. You will need to provide proof that you purchased Zantac or ranitidine products.
Talk to a Zantac lawyer today about joining a class-action lawsuit. John Foy & Associates can get you started, no matter how Zantac affected you. To get a FREE consultation today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Medication Alternatives to Zantac
Zantac is an H2 blocker medication. In other words, it helps decrease how much acid your stomach makes. Many people took Zantac for heartburn and stomach ulcers. It also helped with stomach and throat conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
If you need the help Zantac provided, there are other medical options, such as:
- Other H2 blockers: Tagamet or Pepcid
- Proton pump inhibitors: Protonix, Prilosec, or Nexium
- Antacids like Pepto-Bismol
Talk to your doctor before switching to any new medication. Your doctor also should have warned you about the Zantac cancer risk and advised you to stop the drug.
Non-Drug Alternatives to Zantac
According to the Mayo Clinic, some non-drug lifestyle changes can also help heartburn:
- Wearing loose-fitting clothes
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Avoiding late meals
- Waiting three hours to lie down after a meal
- Sleeping with your head evaluated
- Avoiding large meals or foods that trigger heartburn
- Not smoking or drinking alcohol
Speak with your doctor before making any changes to your medications or routine. No matter what changes you make, if you developed cancer after taking Zantac, you have options. Talk to a lawyer today about filing a Zantac lawsuit.
Types of Zantac/Ranitidine Products
Before the recall, Zantac was available in prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) forms. You could purchase it under names like:
- Zantac 75
- Zantac Maximum Strength
- Wal-Zan 75
- Wal-Zan 150
- Heartburn Relief (ranitidine)
- Acid Reducer (ranitidine)
- Acid Control (ranitidine)
Ranitidine is the active ingredient in the brand name drug Zantac. Common side effects of Zantac/ranitidine were headaches, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. However, the possible cancer link is why Zantac is no longer available.
Cancers that could have a link to NDMA and Zantac include:
- Stomach cancer
- Breast cancer
- Liver cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
If you have any cancer and you used Zantac, talk to a lawyer who can help. The makers of Zantac should be held responsible for the damages you suffered.
If you used Zantac but do not have cancer, talk to a Zantac lawyer about a class-action suit. You might be able to recover what you paid for Zantac or ranitidine. You deserve compensation for using a product that you assumed was safe.
Talk to a Zantac Lawyer for Free About Your Legal Options
At John Foy & Associates, we have over 20 years of experience in personal injury law. We have worked on countless cases against large companies like drug manufacturers. We’re here to listen, answer your questions, and help you build a strong case.
If you used Zantac, contact us today to learn your options. We do not collect a fee unless we win your case, so there is no risk to you. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get a FREE, no-risk consultation today.