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May 13, 2022

Is Zantac Bad For Your Liver Health?

Even though drugs have different effects on different individuals, research reveals that Zantac can be extremely harmful to the liver for a majority of individuals. It can lead to acute liver damage, liver toxicity, and even liver cancer.

Ranitidine, which is also referred to as Zantac, is an over-the-counter medicine that was originally launched in the United States in 1983. Zantac was a regularly recommended drug for patients suffering from heartburn, acidic indigestion, and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD or acid reflux).

Zantac medication was recently found to yield toxic quantities of NDMA, a chemical associated with causing cancer and liver illnesses. For this reason, individuals who suffered liver damage after taking Zantac may be able to sue the drug's manufacturers for compensation.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured individuals who may be qualified to submit a claim against Zantac makers after being hurt by a reputed over-the-counter or prescribed drug.

What is the Zantac Lawsuit's procedure?

The process begins when the plaintiff or victim files a legal case against the brand in court (defendant). The defendant will next respond to your complaint by filing an answer. The plaintiff and defendant will examine the medical records and other data listed in the case, as well as the defendant's response, in the discovery phase. You will be required to show some documents during this step, and you will be questioned. The procedure concludes with pre-trial motions to determine whether evidence can be presented in court, followed by the trial. The method is the same as any other lawsuit, but the amount of time it takes to complete each stage varies.

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When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with liver cancer after taking Zantac, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the drug's manufacturer through a Zantac lawsuit.

In the wake of the Zantac cases, we've received a growing number of queries and requests for assistance. We will be happy to help you get compensated for your troubles as well.

What is NDMA?

Zantac was revealed to contain N-nitrosodimethylamine, a proven B2 carcinogen (a cancer-causing substance called NDMA) as found by research. For ages, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have designated NDMA as a cancer-causing toxin. It does not dissolve in human bodies or even the environment, as concluded after carrying out multiple significant types of research. According to the World Health Organization, exposure to this carcinogen builds over time, resulting in liver damage and other adverse health outcomes.

In the United States, Zantac is currently unavailable for purchase. Initially, producers of ranitidine-containing pharmaceuticals like Appco Pharma LLC, Northwind Pharmaceutical, and Sanofi Pharmaceutical, had voluntarily recalled their products. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) legally banned Zantac and any other ranitidine-containing drugs in April 2020, citing accumulating proof of NDMA's toxicity and the link between NDMA and Zantac.

Is it possible for Zantac to cause liver disease or cancer?

Zantac (ranitidine) was among the most often prescribed medications in the United States, with approximately 15 million prescriptions written every year to treat gastric disorders.

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a notice in September 2019 warning about the dangerous levels of NDMA found present in Zantac. Constant exposure to this substance has been associated with many health problems, including liver illness, kidney failure, and cancer.

At around this time, there is no way of knowing how likely it is that you may get liver damage after taking Zantac. There is, however, evidence that the NDMA present in Zantac may raise the chance of developing liver problems.

The liver is one of the most vital organs that is responsible for processing toxins in the body. There is evidence that as NDMA comes in contact with the liver, it stimulates the release of inflammatory cytokines, which in turn cause liver inflammation and scarring. Exposure of the liver to high levels of NDMA also causes serious liver conditions such as enlargement/ swelling of the liver, reduction in liver functioning, and liver cancer.

The liver disease caused by Zantac may further cause health conditions such as jaundice, bloody vomiting, kidney failure, swelling of the limbs and belly, uncontrollable itchiness of the skin, weight loss, mental confusion, and liver failure.

The treatment of liver disease can prove to be highly expensive, and in case the disease is aggravated, it may also result in complete disruption of normal life, job loss, and other consequential health conditions.

If you or a loved one took Zantac regularly for a health issue and experienced major liver problems, you may be qualified to join a class-action lawsuit against Zantac drugmakers.

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