We trust that the medications we take are safe to use, but this is not always the case, and many negative effects might not be discovered until later. These medications are usually designed to treat chronic conditions and have a high risk of side effects or interactions with other drugs. These medications also have a greater tendency to be misused by patients. Although there are many types of medication lawsuits, one of the most common is the Zantac lawsuit.
Zantac lawsuits are filed by consumers who have been prescribed it to treat ulcers but have suffered adverse side effects. The most common side effect of this medication is cancer. The FDA has approved Zantac to treat ulcers, but it has also been shown to cause cancer in some patients.
What is Zantac?
Zantac is an anti-acid medication used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, and other digestive issues. It contains ranitidine, a histamine blocker, and is taken orally. Zantac is known as an H2 blocker, and it has also been proven to be effective in treating stomach ulcers.
Zantac works by reducing the amount of histamine that your body produces. This means you will feel less pain and have less fluid buildup in your body due to an increase in the number of digestive enzymes available for digestion. It is a histamine blocker and works like other antihistamines, such as cimetidine.
Histamine is a chemical that causes inflammation and irritation in the stomach. Zantac stops this process, allowing you to digest food more efficiently. It also reduces pain and other symptoms caused by excess stomach acid. This medication can be taken orally or rectally as a suppository depending on the treated condition.
The FDA has approved Zantac to treat these conditions, but when taken at high dosages, it has been shown to cause cancer in some patients. Pregnant women are not recommended to use this medication, as it can cause birth defects. It is also dangerous to use if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
When taking Zantac, a few possible side effects can occur. In some cases, these side effects are mild and do not cause any long-term problems or cause harm to your health. In other cases, these side effects can be very serious and even life-threatening if left untreated, such as a higher risk of kidney problems, cancer, and heart problems.
Cancer Risk While Using Zantac
In 2006, the FDA updated its label to warn consumers about the potential dangers of Zantac. The FDA now lists a higher rate of lung cancer when taking this medication. It also claims that the drug can increase your risk for colorectal, stomach, and pancreatic cancers by 20%. While this does mean that someone can be at a higher risk of cancer from taking Zantac, it does not mean that they will get cancer from using this medication. According to some studies, those who take it daily have a higher chance of getting cancer than those who do not use it at all. Other studies have found no increased risks with regular or short-term use that does not last longer than a year. The FDA does not recommend that you stop using Zantac suddenly, as the effects of withdrawal from this medication can be dangerous. Talk to your doctor if you are taking this drug and have noticed any side effects.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac in Albuquerque, it is crucial to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether or not you have a case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Our dedicated team of lawyers works tirelessly in dealing with your Zantac lawsuit. We will review the facts of your case, determine the best course of action for your case, and begin working on your claim. We are committed to our client's success. We will work with you to obtain the best compensation for your Zantac claim. Call Whitener Law Firm at (505) 883-7877 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.