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What are the Common & Long-Term Zantac Side Effects?

The popular heartburn drug Zantac (generic: ranitidine) was recalled nationwide in April 2020 after it was found to be contaminated with a cancer-causing impurity that has been linked to an increased risk for cancer and other serious side effects.
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What are the Most Common Side Effects of Zantac?

The most commonly reported side effects involving use of ranitidine, the active ingredient in Zantac, include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Dark urine
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Jaundice
  • Fever

Why was Zantac Taken Off the Market?

Zantac and its generic ranitidine counterparts were removed from the U.S. market in April 2020 due to possible contamination with the cancer-causing chemical NDMA (N-Nitrosodimethylamine). Low levels of NDMA are found in the environment and some foods; however, this level of exposure is minimal and not thought to cause adverse effects.

Tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration determined that NDMA levels in ranitidine increases over time, particularly when stored at higher temperatures. This increase in NDMA can expose consumers to potentially unsafe levels of the impurity. As a result of these findings, ranitidine was completely recalled in the U.S.

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Does Zantac Have Long-Term Side Effects?

When taken at high doses over a long period of time, Zantac has been linked to the following serious side effects:

  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Other types of cancer

What is the New Zantac, and How is it Different From the Old Zantac?

In the summer of 2021, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare released Zantac 360, which contains a different active ingredient known as famotidine. Zantac 360 in Original Strength contains 10mg of famotidine and in Maximum Strength contains 20mg of the ingredient. Original Zantac 75 and Zantac 150 contained 75mg and 150mg respectively of the active ingredient ranitidine, which was found to be contaminated with NDMA, and has been linked to an increased risk for cancer and other serious side effects.

Are Pepcid and Zantac 360 the Same Thing?

Both Pepcid and Zantac 360 are H2 blockers with the active ingredient famotidine. Famotidine helps relieve heartburn by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.

Compared to Pepcid, Zantac has been shown to be more effective at lowering acidity and relieving symptoms associated with heartburn; it also works faster.

However, H-2 blockers only work effectively for 2 to 6 weeks before the stomach adjusts to the medicine, so it is important that these drugs only be taken for short-term use.

What are the Side Effects of Zantac 360?

Common side effects of Zantac 360 may include:

  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Serious side effects may include:

  • Easy bruising/bleeding
  • Signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever, chills)
  • Mental/mood changes (such as restlessness, confusion, depression, hallucinations)

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including:

  • Fast/slow/irregular heartbeat
  • Severe dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Seizure

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The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Zantac-induced cancer cases in all 50 states.

Again, If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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