Zantac recalled after cancer-causing chemical detected
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently reported that the OTC and prescription heartburn medication Zantac (ranitidine) contains a cancer-causing chemical. According to the FDA, Zantac contains a much higher level of the ingredient than allowed.
What is the cancer-causing chemical?
The cancer-causing chemical in Zantac, called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), can develop when exposed to high heat, even for a limited amount of time. This includes keeping it in a hot car or delivery truck.
Symptoms of NDMA overexposure
Regular Zantac users should be aware of the health effects of overexposure to NDMA. Symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps
Any Zantac users who experience these symptoms may want to consult with their physicians.