What You Need to Know
Do you or a loved one take ranitidine to relieve heartburn? The drug is also known as Zantac, and it’s used by millions of Americans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently found a probable human carcinogen known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine. As a result, some drug manufacturers are recalling their generic ranitidine products. You can learn more about the recall and the carcinogen here.
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The FDA (and other agencies) are continuing to investigate ranitidine. Since this medication is typically only recommended for short-term use, it is a good time to discuss other options with your doctor. We can help provide you with options for next steps, such as:
EGD – Also known as an upper endoscopy, this test looks closely at the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, and duodenum) to diagnose conditions or rule out other possible issues.
LINX® – The LINX® system consists of a flexible ring of magnetic titanium beads. It’s placed around the esophagus to support a weakened esophageal sphincter. The strength of the magnets keep the sphincter closed once you are done swallowing. but temporarily opens so that you can swallow normally. It’s an FDA-approved and minimally-invasive option for restoring the natural barrier to stomach acid.
Alternative medication is also an option. Other medications to assist with relieving heartburn may be recommended. Your doctor might also suggest lifestyle changes that can reduce your symptoms, such as avoiding alcohol, spicy foods, or large and fatty meals. There are other changes you can make that your doctor may recommend based on your current lifestyle and health.
Recalls can be frightening, especially if it involves a medication that you rely on daily for comfort and quality of life. Let us help you navigate the next steps of figuring out what you can best do for your long-term health and well-being, and contact us today.