Zantac Lawsuit Lawyers Available
Do you take the heartburn medication Zantac? Do you experience debilitating side effects from this medication? Have you been diagnosed with cancer since you started using Zantac? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your pain.
Stomach acid disorders, such as heartburn and acid reflux, are extremely common across the United States. The National Institute of Health estimates that as much as 27.8% of the population in North America suffers from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There are several medications available to treat serious stomach acid disorders, and one of the most common is Zantac.
Unfortunately, many people across the country now recognize that Zantac, the brand name of a medication called ranitidine, may be a dangerous drug that causes intestinal disorders, stomach problems, and even cancer. In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested the ingredients in Zantac, and they found that the medication contained N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). This chemical is a carcinogen that may cause cancer when taken in high doses or when taken in smaller doses over a long period of time.
Zantac’s manufacturer, Sanofi Aventis, has denied the allegations that their product causes cancer. However, on April 1, 2020, the FDA requested a complete recall of Zantac, and similar ranitidine-based medications, due to cancer-related health concerns after long-term Zantac use. The FDA will no longer allow pharmacies to sell Zantac over the counter, and physicians may not write new prescriptions for this medication.
People who have taken Zantac are now filing lawsuits in every state in the country, seeking justice and compensation. Sanofi Aventis, and the pharmaceutical companies who manufactured similar ranitidine medications, need to take responsibility for the pain and illness they have caused thousands of people. With the help of a mass tort lawyer, you can join the fight against companies like Sanofi Aventis and take action to recover the compensation you need. You cannot afford to wait any longer for financial support, so you need to start your lawsuit as soon as possible.
What Is Zantac?
Zantac is the brand name for a medication called ranitidine, which many people use to treat stomach acid disorders. This medication functions by blocking a chemical produced in the body called histamine. This chemical tells your body to create more acid and pump it into the stomach. If you have too much stomach acid, you may have painful and serious health consequences. By blocking histamine, Zantac helps reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces.
You may purchase Zantac as an over the counter medication. Your doctor may also prescribe Zantac if you require a higher dosage of this drug to treat your symptoms. Although acid reflux treatment is the most common use of Zantac, you may also take this medication for a variety of other disorders, including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Intestinal or stomach ulcers
- Upset stomach
- Overproduction of stomach acid, usually from Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
- Digestive tract infections
Untreated acid reflux can cause serious health risks, such as irritation of the esophagus, inflammation in your stomach and intestines, and even cancer. Zantac is advertised as protection against these health concerns, but unfortunately, this drug has now caused more harm than good.
What Are the Side Effects of Taking Zantac?
Like many medications, Zantac can cause numerous different side effects because of the chemical changes within your body. These side effects can range from mild and intermittent to constant and severe. Some of the most common side effects of taking Zantac include:
Although these are the most likely side effects of regular Zantac usage, you may have a more severe reaction to this medication, which may require medical intervention. You may have a greater risk of a severe reaction from Zantac if you have an underlying kidney or liver disorder, porphyria, or if you consume alcohol.
You should seek medical help if Zantac causes you to experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mood swings or hallucinations
- Dark urine
- Yellow skin
- Swelling of the throat, face, or tongue
These side effects may indicate a serious allergic reaction to Zantac. In the worst cases, using Zantac may cause serious illness and even death, if you do not seek rapid treatment for these side effects.
Health and Safety Concerns After Using Zantac
One of the primary concerns for people taking Zantac is the presence of a carcinogen, called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Carcinogens are chemicals or products which increase your likelihood of developing cancer, which makes their presence in food and medications particularly dangerous.
This chemical is created as a by-product during many different types of manufacturing. Although NDMA is typically a liquid, you can find this chemical in many different environments, including the air, water sources, food, and soil. Producing the primary ingredient in Zantac, called ranitidine, creates a significant amount of NDMA.
The FDA states that humans should ingest no more than 96 nanograms of NDMA per day, but a pharmaceutical lab found that one pill of Zantac may contain more than 3,000,000 nanograms of NDMA, posing a serious risk for consumers. Current research suggests that this chemical is a by-product of the ranitidine itself, rather than the laboratory producing the medication.
The FDA also found that the level of NDMA in ranitidine increases when the medication is left at room temperature over time.
Due to the growing concerns about NDMA in ranitidine, the FDA recommends that anyone taking Zantac, and similar ranitidine medications, stop as soon as possible. Unfortunately, for many people who have taken Zantac daily for several months or years, the carcinogenic effects of this drug may still cause serious health problems.
NDMA contamination in Zantac may cause you to develop:
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Brain damage
- Lung damage
- Bladder cancer
- Stomach cancer
These disorders are serious and sometimes even fatal. You may require extensive medical treatment to reverse the effects of Zantac, and even with treatment, you may still have permanent physical injuries from this drug. Zantac manufacturers have a duty to produce safe medications for their customers. However, this company put profit over its customer’s well-being when they sold NDMA-contaminated Zantac.
Sanofi Aventis, and manufacturers of similar ranitidine medications, should have taken more steps to verify the safety of their product before putting it on the shelves. Unfortunately, you are now the one who has to face the health consequences of these companies’ wrongdoing. Pharmaceutical companies need to pay for the harm they caused, and your lawsuit can not only help bring justice, but it can help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Possible Compensation from Your Zantac Lawsuit
When a dangerous drug hurts you or a loved one, you may need extensive medical treatment to protect your health. Medical intervention is extremely expensive, and you may not be able to work while you are recovering from your illness. These expenses may threaten your financial well-being and your future. However, you should never have to give up the necessary medical treatment and recovery time because of the cost. Fortunately, securing an appropriate settlement from your lawsuit can help you pay for these expenses and ensure that you can continue your normal life.
Due to the wide variety of side effects from NDMA-contaminated Zantac, the type and amount of compensation from a lawsuit against Sanofi Aventis or another ranitidine manufacturer may vary from person-to-person. The specifics of your case, including the severity of your symptoms and your monetary losses, will help determine what compensation you may be eligible for. However, some of the most common expenses your lawsuit may pay for include:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Hospitalization and surgery
- Chemotherapy treatment
- Medications and medical devices
- Rehabilitation services
- Psychological therapy
- Lost wages
- Reduced or lost ability to work
- Temporary or permanent disability
When a drug manufacturer causes your illness, no one should expect you to pay for the harm they caused. You need to talk with a lawyer about all the possible compensation available from a Zantac lawsuit. A lawyer will act as your advocate and ensure that you receive a fair settlement for your pain.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Filing a lawsuit against a large company, like Sanofi Aventis, may feel like an impossible task. This company has a team of lawyers, who spend their time and energy fighting back against lawsuits. These lawyers will do everything in their power to avoid paying you anything, even when you have a valid case against the company. To ensure that this company, or any pharmaceutical company that caused you harm, does not take advantage of you or offer you a lowball settlement, you need to work with a skilled mass tort lawyer.
Here at Lawsuit Authority, we will find and connect you with the most experienced lawyer for your type of claim. Your lawyer will gather all the evidence you need for your case, and they will build a strong legal argument on your behalf. Furthermore, when you enter a mass tort lawsuit, you will join a team of people fighting back against pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi Aventis. Working as a group to gain compensation will not only help to speed up the legal process, but you may even be able to get a larger settlement as a result.
Our job at Lawsuit Authority is to find the right lawyer with the right tools for you and connect you, so that you can pursue compensation for the injuries done to you with confidence. To ensure that you receive the greatest possible compensation for your case, you need to act quickly and start your case with a mass tort lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Lawsuit Authority at (281) 985-9544 today and we will put our resources to work to find the lawyer best suited to aggressively and adroitly pursue your case to a successful result–fair and full compensation for you.