Zantac is an over-the-counter heartburn medication that was recently recalled. Studies concluded that when left out for long periods of time at temperatures at or higher than room temperature, the level of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) present in the medication can increase to one that is harmful to humans.
Should I stop taking Zantac?
Per the FDA’s recall of the drug, it is suggested that if you are currently taking the drug, you should stop taking it. You should consult your healthcare provider about possible other options for medications you can take in lieu of Zantac before going off the drug on your own. If you have a supply of the medication in your home, the FDA has a website with guidelines on the proper way to dispose of medication that you no longer have any use for.
The website has instructions on where you can take the drugs to dispose of them, along with whether or not they are safe to flush and instructions on what to do if they are not. Due to COVID-19, it may be safer to flush them if they are on the list of flushable medications.
Should I see a doctor?
According to a report made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), overexposure to NDMA can cause headache, fever, nausea, jaundice, vomiting, abdominal cramps, an enlarged liver, reduced function of the liver, kidneys and lungs and dizziness. If you or a loved one experienced any of these symptoms while still on Zantac let your doctor know immediately. High levels of the carcinogen in the body can be especially damaging to the liver.
Before you stop taking Zantac or switch to another medication, you should consult your primary care physician. You should see a doctor any time that you are changing your medication or going off of it, preferably before the change is made. However, there are some instances in which seeing a medical professional is extremely important, especially in the case of going off Zantac.
Those who have recurring digestive problems such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, and symptomatic heartburn are among those who may want to see their physician and find a new treatment plan before they stop taking Zantac.
As NDMA is a carcinogen, there is a possibility that if you have consumed enough of the ingredient that you have experienced or will experience adverse side effects, but it is more likely that you have not had a negative reaction to the carcinogen. The amounts the FDA found in the samples were initially viewed as non-concerning.
However, knowing that the amount increases the longer the medication is left out, the FDA decided a recall was best. The medication could be subject to temperatures that can increase the amount before you ever purchase it, either in distribution or handling.
The FDA encourages those that experience adverse side effects not only from this medication but from any you may take, to report their experiences on the MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting website. Those that have these effects should also alert their physicians.
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