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Heartburn Management Centers Seek To Capitalize on Zantac Ban

Patients seek alternative treatment after most OTC antacid meds considered to be a cancer risk

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - Specialty heartburn treatment centers are starting to pop up in cities around the United States because of the FDA ban on a popular antacid, heartburn, and acid reflux medicine ranitidine a.k.a Zantac and other brands. Zantac has been recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because scientists have found dangerously high levels of NDMA, a chemical byproduct of industrial production, in them. NDMA is considered a carcinogen and Zantac tablets have tested thousands of times higher than the legal limit for the carcinogen. Because Zantac and most other heartburn medicines have been pulled from the market, sufferers are looking for new ways to combat their condition. Heartburn and acid reflux are mainly caused by overeating and/or eating spicy foods. Drinking caffeinated beverages like coffee and also drinking alcohol contributes to heartburn discomfort.

Understanding heartburn and acid reflux is simple. When you eat or drink the food or beverages are moved down into the stomach through the esophagus where acids break them down into a form the body can either use or dispose of. The esophageal sphincter is a one-way muscle separating the stomach from the esophagus that keeps food and stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus. When the esophageal sphincter is forced to stay open by being blocked by food, stomach acid backs also. The stomach has a protective layer against acid, but the esophagus does not and that's where the pain comes in. Failing to treat heartburn and acid reflux can result in gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and eventually esophageal cancer from stomach acid deteriorating the organ.

To estimate the size of the new market for heartburn treatment centers one only has to look at the number of heartburn sufferers that have been left in the lurch when Zantac was recalled and prohibited from resale. Coral Springs estimates that millions of Americans will seek treatment at heartburn centers in the years to come. "For 60 million Americans, heartburn strikes about once a month, but for 15 million more, it's a chronic and daily occurrence," according to the report. CST interviewed Dr. Mark Shachner, medical director at the Broward Health Coral Springs Heartburn Center, for his thoughts on the problem. Dr. Shachner told CST, "concerns regarding heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) need to be taken seriously. GERD is a progressive disease. What starts as heartburn can lead to severe issues, such as a chronic cough, hoarseness, dental erosion, even cancer," said Dr. Shachner, who added that if left untreated, recurring episodes can cause severe and irreparable damage to the lining of the esophagus."

Although only a medical professional is qualified to determine whether or not a person's heartburn discomfort is part of a more serious problem, many times GERD and heartburn can be reduced or eliminated by simple lifestyle changes. If you or a loved one have developed cancer of the stomach, bladder, or esophagus and have used Zantac regularly for more than one year you should speak with a Zantac cancer lawyer to see if you qualify to file a claim against Sanofi, the maker of the once-popular antacid.

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