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Millions Were Left With Heartburn and Acid-Reflux Pain When Ranitidine (Zantac) Was Recalled

Here are a few more recommendations on how to cope with heartburn and acid reflux in the wake of the Zantac antacid recall

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - Zantac, the world's leading heartburn and acid reflux medicine, was recalled by the FDA earlier in the year because scientist that test such drugs found elevated levels of NDMA, a known carcinogen to be present. The FDA has known for years that ranitidine and other medicines contain the carcinogen and set limits of 96 ng per tablet as allowable. Online pharmacy Valisure immediately contacted the FDA to demand a ranitidine recall when scientists found thousands of times more NDMA than thought safe. Sanofi, the maker of Zantac, immediately complied and pulled the product from store shelves. More than a month later, the FDA followed suit and added that ranitidine by any brand name recalled, and for people to throw out what stock they had already bought.

The ranitidine recall immediately caused a variety of health difficulties that heartburn patients were used to solving by taking a pill. Medical societies are recommending basic, straightforward lifestyle strategies that former Zantac users should consider when addressing their heartburn pain relief needs. According to the Gastrointestinal Society, heartburn, acid reflux are subsets of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the burning sensation in the chest caused by the acidic contents of the stomach spilling up into the esophagus. GERD is experienced by millions of people every day that overeat or eat spicey acidic foods and drinks like caffeine in coffee and alcohol. About one out of every four adults in North America has heartburn or acid reflux at one point in their lives or another. Zantac acid reflux stomach cancer attorneys offer a free consultation and no obligation to file a claim.

The stomach has a protective lining that insulates us from digestive acids but the esophagus does not. The lower esophageal sphincter valve is a one-way valve designed to open allowing food to enter the stomach, and then closing down behind the food. When the sphincter valve malfunctions, food can backflow up into the esophagus where acid can burn the acid tissue. Heartburn is an upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract burn. There are many symptoms of GERD such as chest pain, a feeling of acids backing up into the mouth, and tooth decay as stomach acids gradually erode protective tooth enamel. Other organs that can be damaged by stomach acid include the larynx, esophagus, and mouth. With ranitidine products like Zantac off of the market, heartburn sufferers are advised to keep a journal of what they eat and to avoid those foods that cause discomfort.

The leading cause of heartburn and acid reflux pain, however, is obesity. Overeating also causes heartburn pain. Those suffering from heartburn indigestion should reduce meal sizes as large meals will tend to spill up and out more frequently than small. Limiting food intake to three reasonably sized meals per day and reducing coffee and alcohol intake is a good start to losing weight and getting acid reflux under control.

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