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Zantac (ranitidine)

Addressing Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Medications


Illinois Zantac Injury Lawyer

Chicago Product Liability Attorney for Injuries and Illnesses Caused by Ranitidine

Zantac is a medication that has been in wide use for multiple decades. It has been available in prescription and over-the-counter forms. The drug ranitidine is used in medications under the brand name of Zantac, as well as multiple generic or store-brand versions. However, all forms of ranitidine were recalled in 2020 because tests showed that they contained a substance that could potentially cause cancer. Since millions of consumers have used these drugs over several decades, many people may have suffered serious health issues.

When people are exposed to harmful substances, they may be able to pursue compensation for the injuries and damages they have suffered. Our firm works with people who have been affected by these issues to help them determine their legal options. For a free consultation, contact us at 866-553-9812.

Zantac Illnesses and Injuries

Ranitidine medications were recalled due to the presence of the chemical N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Studies determined that Zantac could break down and form NDMA, potentially putting users at risk of exposure to this harmful substance. NDMA is a carcinogen, and it has been linked to multiple forms of cancer that may affect body parts such as the bladder, pancreas, stomach, esophagus, or liver. The levels of NDMA that were found in Zantac were much higher than the limits allowed by the FDA.


While the survival rates for people with bladder cancer are relatively high, the survival rates for stomach, esophageal, pancreatic, or liver cancer are much lower. In many cases, a diagnosis does not occur until cancer has spread throughout the body and cannot be effectively treated.

Zantac Frequently Asked Questions

Are Generic Versions of Zantac Safe to Use?

All medications containing ranitidine have been recalled. These include Zantac and its generic equivalents. The recall addressed over-the-counter drugs sold in pharmacies and other stores, as well as prescription-strength medications available as pills or liquids.

How Did Zantac Become Contaminated?

Ranitidine has been found to be unstable, and it may break down to form NDMA. This can occur at high temperatures, but NDMA may also form when drugs are stored at room temperature. Due to fluctuating temperatures in different locations, all forms of Zantac are likely to be affected.

How Long Were These Unsafe Drugs Available to Consumers?

Zantac began being sold in 1983. Since the presence of NDMA may occur because of the breakdown of chemicals in the drug, it is likely that this issue has existed as long as the drug has been available to consumers. Over multiple decades, millions of people may potentially have been affected.

What Are the Risks of Using Zantac?

While concrete links between Zantac and cancer have not yet been established, some studies have indicated that users of this drug may be at a higher risk of contracting cancer. One study found that those who have used ranitidine may be twice as likely to experience liver cancer.
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