In our everyday lives, we look for symptoms that medications are meant to stave off. For instance, Zantac is used to treat heartburn. In light of the recent discoveries surrounding Zantac and its link to the carcinogen NDMA, though, it is common for those who have taken the medication to be looking for symptoms that the potentially harmful additive could have caused.
What are the effects of NDMA?
In January of 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency released an informational fact sheet on NDMA that included what to look for in the case of overexposure. High levels in humans can be especially damaging to the liver.
The full list side effects the EPA provided includes:
An enlarged liver
Reduced function of the liver, kidneys, and lungs
You may also be vulnerable if you work at tanneries, pesticide manufacturing plants, and rubber and tire plants. If you experience any of these symptoms and have been taking Zantac, please alert your doctor and stop taking the medication.
Cancer as an effect of NDMA
The World Health Organization (WHO) has conducted studies that link high exposure to NDMA to certain cancers, including gastric and colorectal cancers. In their studies, they considered all possible intake of the ingredient, not just from a single source like a water supply or drug. They also concluded that humans may be particularly susceptible to the effects of NDMA.
There are several other cancers to which NDMA exposure has been linked. These include:
- Stomach cancer
Cancer in the small and large intestines
And multiple myeloma.
If you have not had a diagnosis, but you have taken Zantac for a long period of time, you may want to speak to your doctor about the risk you face from prolonged exposure. This may involve discussing possible alternative medications you can take that do not have the same risk factor involved, should you want to continue treatment.
Though linked heavily to multiple types of cancer, there is no way of knowing how much exposure you would need to contract any of the diseases. The tests by WHO were performed on animals (mainly rodents) and though there is a higher chance of negative side effects the longer you are exposed to the carcinogen. Higher doses of the drug could also lead to negative side effects.
What legal actions are there if I think my cancer and my usage of Zantac are related?
If you have cancer symptoms after long-term exposure to the drug, contact an attorney to discuss a possible link between the use of Zantac and the cancer symptoms. In order for compensation, it must be proven that the use of the drug and the contraction of cancer are linked to one another.The hardest part is showing that you have consumed enough of the drug to have been exposed to sufficiently high levels of NDMA. Proof of prescription to the drug and proof of diagnosis is also crucial. Contact Kwartler Manus online or call the office at (267) 214-8608 to schedule a consultation.