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Here are the alleged dangers of Zantac® (aka ranitidine®) causing cancers
Glaxo Holdings Ltd® (aka GSK® or GlaxoSmithKline®) created and sold Zantac® beginning in 1983 to reduce excess acid produced in stomach cells.
Despite the fact that it was first approved for short-term use only by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)--the reason being primarily for its potential to cause cancer if prescribed in long-term use–Zantac® began being marketed for long-term maintenance use.
Since over-the-counter Zantac® (aka ranitidine®) contains high levels of NDMA, it has potentially linked to several types of lifelong cancers, including:
- Esophageal cancer. A cancer more common in men that can cause difficulty swallowing, chest pain, and heartburn–this may convince victims into taking more to reduce the symptoms.
- Liver cancer. Patients diagnosed with liver cancer after taking Zantac® (aka ranitidine®) typically complain of abdominal pain, swelling in the abdomen and general loss of energy.
- Stomach cancer. Also known as gastric cancer, this type of cancer forms over the course of many years–with a five-year survival rate for diagnosed individuals being 70%.
Pancreatic cancer. Because it’s often not diagnosed until the later stages, this is a particularly deadly form of cancer–with common symptoms that include itchy skin, yellowing of the eyes, and abdominal pain
Reports and statistics reinforce the dangers of conditions resulting from Zantac® (aka ranitidine®)
According to the Very Well Health website, the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) has received a total of 73,240 cases with a negative effect of Zantac® since 1983.
- 66% of cases linked to cancer
- 55,891 serious cases
- 4,926 deaths
In 2018, 18,739,686 people in the United States were prescribed Zantac®–with 1,094 cases involving Zantac® reported to the FDA in the same year.
USA Today revealed that a 2016 Stanford University research study found urine samples of 10 people who took a 150-milligram tablet of Zantac® and found NDMA (a known carcinogen) levels far greater than the FDA's daily limits.
Wired reveals that a 2020 study showed the Food and Drug Administration announced voluntary recalls of prescription forms of ranitidine® by two generic drug companies–Appco Pharma® and Northwind Pharmaceuticals®–bringing the total number of ranitidine® recalls to 14 in the past five months.
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