Do I have a Case if I Took Zantac and was Later Diagnosed with Cancer?
On April 1, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the removal of all ranitidine products, including those sold under the brand name Zantac. The request was issued after sources found unhealthy levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in some ranitidine products. NDMA is classified as a possible carcinogenic by several organizations, including the FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, individuals who have taken Zantac or another ranitidine product may now have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer.
What Types of Cancer Could Ranitidine Cause?
Prolonged NDMA exposure may increase the risk of many different types of cancer. This includes all forms of the substance, such as tablets, syrups, and injectable ranitidine. Some cancers that may develop from prolonged NDMA exposure could include:
NDMA exposure from ranitidine may also contribute to the development of other types of cancer. A knowledgeable Zantac lawyer from Domnick Cunningham & Whalen could evaluate your circumstances and help you determine if you have a case.
How Long Must Zantac Have Been Taken to Develop Cancer?
At this time, the FDA cannot definitively say when increased levels of NDMA became present in Zantac and other forms of ranitidine. Similarly, there is not currently an exact length of time that someone must have been taking Zantac to develop cancer. An experienced dangerous drug attorney could evaluate the specifics of your case and determine if you may have a Zantac lawsuit claim.
Symptoms of Cancer Caused by Zantac?
If you have taken Zantac or another ranitidine product for a prolonged period, being aware of common cancer symptoms may help early identification of cancer. Some symptoms of common cancers caused by taking Zantac include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Discomfort after meals
- Unexpected weight gain or loss
- Loss of appetite
If you are experiencing cancer symptoms or suspect that you have developed cancer after taking Zantac, it is best to see your doctor as soon as possible. Early identification of cancer could increase the success of treatment.
Contact a Zantac Attorney to Discuss your Options Today
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac or another ranitidine for a prolonged period of time and later developed cancer, you could have a claim for compensation. An experienced ranitidine lawyer from Domnick Cunningham & Whalen could evaluate your claim and hold liable drug manufacturers accountable. To discuss your options, contact one of our experienced Zantac attorneys today.